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Greenfield Police Respond to Sheriff Clarke's 'Protect Yourself' Ad

Sheriff David Clarke urged listeners to arm themselves with a firearm until his officers can get to the scene. The Greenfield Police Department said that decision is personal and private.

The Greenfield Police Department did its best to separate itself from comments made by Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke in Clarke's recent radio ad that urges listeners to arm and defend themselves "until we get there."

In a statement released on its Facebook page, the Greenfield Police Department said Greenfield residents should know:

"No Greenfield officers have been laid off or furloughed;

"Violent crime is down overall and in Greenfield;

"Our response time to violent crime is less than 2 minutes;

"The decision to arm yourself with a firearm is a very personal and private decision that should not be driven by fear that our officers will not respond to your calls for help."

The department suggested if readers do make the decision to own or carry a gun, they should consider taking the department's concealed carry class, hunter safety and education course or join the Citizen Police Academy.

"The men and women of the Greenfield Police Department work tirelessly to promote a feeling of safety and security for our residents," Chief Brad Wentlandt said in an email to elected officials in response to Clarke's ad. "When bad things do happen, our response is swift and our investigative skills are top notch. Our clearance rate for violent crime is one of the highest."

The radio ad reads:

"I’m Sheriff David Clarke and I want to talk to you about something personal.

"Your Safety.

"It’s no longer a spectator sport. I need you in the game. But are you ready?

"With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option.

"You could beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back. But are you prepared?”

"Consider taking a certified safety course in handling a firearm so you can defend yourself until WE get there.

"You have a duty to protect yourself and your family.

"We’re partners now. Can I count on you?

LLALLTHEWAY January 29, 2013 at 05:47 PM
There's bad cops everywhere even in Greenfield, the chief is one of them-- crooked as the day is long -- sticky fingers too--- good luck Greenfield people your going to need it
robert heule January 29, 2013 at 10:33 PM
Everyone attending a Buck or Marquette game at the Bradley Center should bring a gun with them. A bat may be at large during the game and bite a fan or worse yet delay the game. There may not be time to call 911 or summon a usher or a security guard. The people have the right to defend themselves against these flying attackers.
Frances Ziegler January 30, 2013 at 02:04 AM
Those are NOT there only areas in which they are used.
Frances Ziegler January 30, 2013 at 02:15 AM
I believe what Sheriff Clarke stated was fact. A person should not have to depend on the Police Department for everything, but reality is that we do. If you purchase a gun, please take a gun safety course. But do not become arrogant about it and think you are all that and can take care of yourself. Everyone needs a backup plan. I'd like to know what is next - are we going to be responsible for putting out our own fires? Give ourselves medical aide. Sometimes we just plain need help.
robert heule February 13, 2013 at 09:48 PM
Will Clarke tell the people to "own a drone"?

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