MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee parking enforcement officers are called daily with complaints about cars illegally parked on the street. Early Thursday morning June 10, once such a call took a frightening turn.
Police were called to the 65th and Congress area around 2 am; a driver spat at a parking enforcement officer after receiving a traffic ticket.
The latest incident highlights the dangers all too often seen in an often thankless job that can bring out the worst in people.
“It should not be a violent situation,” said Jeff Polenske, commissioner of the Department of Public Works. “It is unacceptable that anyone, such as a parking enforcement officer or an official, is threatened. “
Polenske said the department receives about 35,000 to 40,000 service calls each year. Employees are often faced with frightening situations.
“They will regularly come into contact with motorists unhappy with the citation they receive,” Polenske said.
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Training is the key, says Polenske. Parking control officers are often paired up to stay safe and told to call the police or leave the area if it becomes too dangerous.
“We train our parking enforcement officers to try to avoid these kinds of situations if something becomes too situational or too problematic for them,” Polenske said. “We have to keep our employees safe. There is no reason for this to happen.”
Police are still searching for the known suspect in the case. FOX6 News has learned that the parking enforcement officer requested medical attention after the incident.
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