A wave of crime has prompted Minneapolis officials to explore the possibility of bolstering the city’s police force with field service officers, according to local media.
As part of the new plan, which could take effect on November 15, cops from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and transit police would be called in to help tackle violent crime as part of the teams. joint application with city officials.
“We are not going to let these people get out of bike theft reports. These will be people who fight crime, ”Minneapolis Police spokesman John Elder told the Star Tribune.
The move comes months after Minneapolis City Council announced plans to “dismantle” the police department in the wake of the “George Floyd” riots that rocked the city in May.
“We are barely able to cover the changes we have,” said Linea Palmisano, Board member. “We really can’t put extra police on the shifts.”
Mayor Jacob Frey also supports the proposed police arrangement, which would initially last until the end of the year, but could be extended until 2021.
The city has seen a historic wave of violence and crime in 2020, with shootings, carjackings and homicides on the rise.
Meanwhile, “an unusually high number of officer departures after Floyd’s death and the unrest that followed drained the resources of the department,” reports the Star Tribune.
Residents of Minneapolis recently filed a lawsuit against the city, alleging that police patrols fell below required minimums.
Petitioners who signed the lawsuit believe that the high volume of resignations and absences taken by officers in recent months has reduced the workforce to an inadequate size.
In August, Minneapolis Police advised residents to “prepare” to surrender to criminals and “do what they say” if confronted.
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