Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
Here's a follow-up to yesterday's post about the Franklin Police Department's response at Skylark Lanes this past weekend.
Police Chief Richard Oliva promised to get back to me and he did today:
I was advised that the investigation took about one hour and then 2 officers stayed until the bowlers were done which was about another hour. The supervisor and officers decided to keep 2 officers at the bowling alley for the following reasons . First, they indicated to me that, at least some of the bowlers, were into their second game by that time so they did not think they would have to be there too long. Secondly, they did not want to leave the 17 year old unlicensed bartender there alone and risk having him start serving alcohol again. So their choice was to close down the bowling alley and punish a lot of people or allow them to finish their match. The bowlers were allowed to finish for public relations purposes.
I agree that at first look, it does not seem like the best use of public resources. But “upon further review”, I can see that it was an acceptable decision by the on scene supervisor. The police provide many services that fit into public relations that are not law enforcement related. I would characterize this as an extension of that philosophy.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask. Thanks again for giving me the opportunity to look into this and respond.
Richard P. Oliva
Chief of Police
City of Franklin
9455 W. Loomis Rd.
Franklin, WI 53132
Thank you, Chief!