Minneapolis to Spend Millions on Recruiting New Police Officers
Minneapolis plans to spend $6.4 million to hire dozens of new police officers. This increase in funding comes from city council members and activists wanting to replace a large part of the police department following George Floyd’s death.
The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously Feb. 26 to approve the major increase in funding.
The police department had an unprecedented number of officers resign or take an extended medical leave following George Floyd’s death, leaving the department with only 638 working officers. That number is around 200 less than normal.
Minneapolis anticipates 674 police officers in the upcoming recruiting class, which will begin working at the end of the year, with an additional 28 officers in the hiring process.
There have been calls to completely dismantle and defund the entire Minneapolis police force following George Floyd’s death.
Even though some residents were looking for the city council to dismantle the police department, many residents were calling for an increase in funding and hires to the force.
Prior to the city council vote, Mayor Jacob Frey and Police Chief Medaria Arradondo promised to update the application process for police recruits, getting more in-depth information on the individuals.
Additionally, they promised to include questions about whether they have lived in Minneapolis, have degrees in criminology, social work, psychology or counseling and whether they volunteer or participate in programs such as the Police Activities League.
Deputy Police Chief Amelia Huffman said they hope the change “will help us to really feel confident that we are recruiting the kinds of candidates we want right from the beginning.”