Updated: December 01, 2020 07:32 AM
Created: November 30, 2020 02:46 PM
Monday, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Minneapolis Police Department Chief Medaria Arradondo discussed a recently announced proposal that would cut the Minneapolis Police Department's budget.
The proposal, which was introduced by three Minneapolis City Council members Friday, calls for the movement of $7.9 million in Frey's proposed 2021 budget to help with a number of initiatives that include mental health crisis response and expanding the city's 311 capacity. The money cut from the department would be in addition to the $14.3 million already cut from Frey's current 2021 budget.
The plan would still preserve Mayor Frey's proposed 2021 MPD sworn officer staffing to 770 but would lower that number to 750 in future years.
"There are many areas of agreement. There are areas where we are already working very close together on transformational elements of safety beyond policing," Frey said. "But the proposal to reduce the sworn capacity of our department from 888 officers to 750 officers is irresponsible. It's irresponsible and untenable."
The mayor said before the city makes a decision on the number of officers, its leaders need to listen to experts and community members. Frey pointed specifically to a study being done by a third-party group, saying, "Why are we going to pay for an analysis that we're not going to listen to?"
Arradondo echoed Frey, saying he is "deeply concerned" about discussions surrounding cutting the department's budget.
"We need to dream about a better future but we cannot sleepwalk on the public safety of our residents and our businesses," Arradondo said.
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