Posts Tagged ‘Minnesota’

Whimsy vs. warn-and-scold

January 20, 2017

This brief column by an officer from Wyoming, Minnesota encourages police departments to be more social on social media, mixing humorous messages with more serious ones.

Psych test frustration in Minneapolis

January 9, 2017

Minneapolis PD is reviewing its psychological testing of applicants amid concerns over bias and lack of transparency, according to this article. Among the issues are contract psychologists and “an obscure system designed to flag police recruits who may have racist or sexist attitudes.”

Fork in the road in Minneapolis

December 22, 2016

This article reports an ongoing debate in Minneapolis over whether to invest in more police or social services to tackle violent crime. Some community leaders fear that more police will simply increase low-level arrests, but police say they need the additional staff in order to get beyond just reactive 9-1-1 policing.

Minnesota & Mogadishu

September 17, 2016

This story describes assistance efforts for Mogadishu police led by several Minnesota police departments, including donation of safety equipment and training. The article emphasizes the return value for Minnesota, which has a large Somali community.

Accountability via personal liability insurance

August 26, 2016

As a means of increasing police accountability, a citizen’s group in Minneapolis has proposed requiring police officers to pay for their own liability insurance if their premiums rise above a standard base rate. A referendum on the issue has been blocked by a lower court ruling that the proposal conflicts with state law. This article reports that the state supreme court has agreed to hear an appeal.

Finding hope from a tragic week

July 10, 2016

This 15-minute NPR segment interviews a current police chief, a former chief, and a young officer regarding the events this past week in Dallas, Baton Rouge, and outside Minneapolis.

The next stage of COP in Duluth

April 4, 2016

In this column, Duluth’s police chief describes a shift in his city from specialist COP officers to a more department-wide approach. The reasoning is “for the past several years, I would attend meetings and hear rave reviews on our community police officers’ work. Conversely, the officers assigned to patrol did not receive the same level of kudos, despite being equally talented as the community officers.”

Re-engagement in Minnesota

December 15, 2015

This article highlights changes made in Columbia Heights, Minnesota over the last 5 years, which seem to have vastly improved police-community relations while also halving the small city’s crime rate. The article contrasts the situation to its much larger neighbor, Minneapolis, where progressive leadership has found it difficult to change street-level police behavior.