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Edge One Inc., an ISO based in Stoughton, Wis., has deployed ATMs in three Milwaukee police stations —  including police headquarters —  for Prime Financial Credit Union, based in Cudahy, Wis., a Milwaukee suburb. Prime Financial and the police department signed a two-year agreement, Anne E. Schwartz, a police department spokesperson says. Mike Sasse, Edge One's president, says the contract was unusual. "We drive transactions for 1,500 ATMs, and these are first ones we have placed inside police stations," Sasse says. The city's police chief, Edward A. Flynn, approached Prime Financial about deploying ATMs in police stations to provide a safe place for consumers to make cash withdrawals, says Jessica Fuchs, Prime Financial's business development coordinator.  Flynn also selected Prime Financial because it serves Milwaukee Police Department personnel, Schwartz says. Flynn came up with the idea after he noticed lines of residents at the stations waiting to buy parking permits at kiosks. "If people are already here in our district stations to do a piece of business, I thought perhaps we could make ATMs available to them in a safe environment, he said in a statement. Consumer use of the machines has been consistent since their deployments in February: 658 transactions in March and 640 in April. Members of the credit union pay nothing to use the machines; nonmembers pay a $2 surcharge, Fuchs says.  Prime Financial does not share ATM revenues with the police department, Schwartz says.

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