Ed Flynn, Milwaukee's new police chief, has been shaking things up a little with generally positive responses from his department and the community.
Flynn empowered his seven district captains to develop and implement crime reduction strategies in their respective districts, giving them the credit and the spotlight.
He's also made it clear that officers who screw up will be dealt with but those who do their jobs the right way will enjoy his prompt and public backing.
That's why it's a little difficult to swallow what may be his first public blunder.
Flynn is changing the appearance of Milwaukee's patrol cars to the "black and white" look right out of Hollywood (or LAPD, to be exact). But having a "little fun" as Flynn says comes with a price tag of $300 per car.
It's hard to tell how many marked police cars the Milwaukee PD has but the Columbus (Ohio) Police Department has 429 with nearly 200 fewer officers. So let's just say Milwaukee has 10% more officers and 10% more marked cars. At $300 a pop that's nearly $142,000 -- or about the cost of two new police officers.
Black and white police cars or two additional cops on the beat? That's a no-brainer. Hire the cops.