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During his over twenty-eight year law enforcement career, Detective Joseph L. Butts, worked for the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office (Wisconsin). Joseph Butts worked assignments in the courts, uniformed patrol, the bicycle detail and the detective bureau.  He was the first African American Sheriff’s Deputy to be assigned regular patrol duties in several south suburban communities of Milwaukee county; and, the first African American deputy sheriff to be assigned undercover drug assignments in Milwaukee County suburban communities.  Moreover, during his career, Joseph L. Butts worked Internal Investigation, the Organized Crime Unit and investigated crimes throughout Milwaukee county. Detective Joseph L. Butts wrote a book about his experiences, Crime and Other Critical Social Ills: As Seen from Behind the Badge and is the author of And Then We Die.

According to one reader of Crime and Other Critical Social Ills: As Seen from Behind the Badge, “This book shows how things can happen at a moments notice and how individuals react or don't react. This book could pertain to any Law Enforcement Department in the country. Being a member of the same department that Det. (retired) Butts was in, and reading his book, makes me understand crime, justice and the department better. I just wish I knew him personally.”

According to the book description of And Then We Die, “This book is based on the actual and true events that happened in both the professional and personal lives of two Milwaukee County Wisconsin law enforcement officers. What they experienced while on duty on a hot summer's night adversely changed the course of their entire professional, personal and family lives. These types of experiences are neither rare nor isolated; they could happen to anyone - but especially to a disproportionate number of men and women who choose to serve as first responders in the professional field of public safety and National Security; for example, the brave men and women who serve in the military units of the United States of America. Incidents of mental illnesses can occur due to stress and worry after experiencing so many cases of inhumanity and brutality, but for some reason these incidents are dealt with covertly and are kept almost top secret where possible.”

Crime and Other Critical Social Ills: As Seen from Behind the Badge
Joseph L. Butts  More Info

And Then We Die
Joseph L. Butts  More Info

About the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office:

The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office is the largest Sheriff's Office in the State of Wisconsin. Founded in 1835, it is also the oldest Sheriff's Office in the State.  The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office is organized into four bureaus: Administration; Detention: Patrol Services; Special Operations; and, Emergency Management.  The Administration Bureau contains: Community Relations, Fiscal Affairs, Internal Affairs Division and Open Records


The Detention Bureau contains: Cashiers, Inmate Programs, Jail Records and Visiting.  The Police Services Bureau contains: Airport Division, Criminal Investigation Division, Drug Enforcement, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Patrol Division and Special Weapons and Tactics Division.  Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) deputies are assigned to regular duties throughout the Sheriff's Office and respond when needed. S.W.A.T. operations are divided into five specialized areas – a Command Post, Tactical Teams, Hostage Negotiators, K-9 Officer and Equipment Specialists.


The Special Operations Bureau of the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office contains the Central Records and Process Division, Communications Division, Courts Division, Department of Transportation Liaison and the Training Division. The Emergency Management Bureau primarily disseminates information and conducts planning and training.


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