“Simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option,” said Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke in a radio public service announcement.
It’s a controversial message gaining national attention.
Clarke is telling citizens they should not depend on law enforcement to protect them.
He said layoffs are causing longer response times.
“You could beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back. But are you prepared?” Clarke asks in the radio PSA.
But Marshfield Police Chief Gary Jepsen said a message like this doesn’t apply to people living in central Wisconsin.
“We live in a different environment here, so I’m not going to criticize him for the type of comments that he made,” said Jepsen.
Jepsen said communities like Marshfield see less violent crimes than larger areas, so it’s hard to compare them.
“Here, I would hope people would understand that the Marshfield Police Department will be here for their protection, and we will be there in a hurry,” said Jepsen.
It’s the same recommendation he made a few years ago when a burglary ring in Marshfield alarmed many people.
“The last thing that we suggested during that time period is that they should go out and buy a weapon and be prepared to shoot somebody as they come through the door,” said Jepsen.
Both law enforcement leaders agree you must be cautious and use proper safety measures when handling a gun.