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The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing – 6 Pillars

While the MPD was working on its 2.0 initiatives locally, President Obama signed an executive order establishing the Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The President charged the task force with identifying best practices and offering recommendations on how policing practices can promote effective crime reduction while building public trust. The recommendations are organized around 6 pillars: building trust & legitimacy, policy & oversight, technology & social media, community policing & crime reduction, training & education, and officer wellness & safety. The pillars align well with the mission and initiatives that make up MPD 2.0, shown in the document below.

The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing – 6 Pillars

-MPD Initiatives Align with the Pillars

-President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing Final Report


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Police Community Support Team (PCST)

In the summer of 2016, the Minneapolis Police Department called upon its leaders in the community to form the Police Community Support Team. There are 24 members on this valuable team. A handful are members of the MPD, but the majority of our PCST members are leaders from every corner of the city. They represent faith communities, geographic areas and a variety of diverse demographics. They respond to critical incident scenes and help bridge the gap between the community and police by providing timely and accurate information to residents throughout the city. This group has also been quite successful in helping investigators work and solve cases.

Police Community Support Team

-Team Members

-June 2016 Training Agenda


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Fair and Impartial Policing Training

Every sworn officer in the Minneapolis Police Department has received Fair and Impartial Policing (FIP) Training, which incorporates a science-based approach developed by nationally recognized expert Dr. Lorie A. Fridell. The training is based on the fact that every single person has implicit biases. The FIP training gives officers the tools to recognize their biases and work through the biases of others. It plays an important role in interactions with community members as the MPD focuses on building relationships and improving public trust.


Crisis Intervention Training

Every single patrol officer within the Minneapolis Police Department will receive Crisis Intervention Training by the end of 2016. This is 40 solid hours of training that includes a rigorous scenario-based program in conjunction with the Barbara Schneider Foundation and the MN CIT Officer’s Association. Previously, the MPD had trained approximately 100 officers in crisis intervention and negotiation, but after realizing that responding officers can’t always wait for a negotiator, training resources were reallocated to make sure all responders can identify potential mental illness in people they may interact with so they can react appropriately. Those officers now have the de-escalation tools they need to effectively resolve incidents without using force, if possible.

Training Details


Use of Force

There has been significant discussion across the nation regarding police “Use of Force” policies and the training that officers receive. The MPD proactively began to study its own policies in early 2015 to determine how we, as an agency, could improve and ensure that protocols were both current and consistent with national best practice standards. Our Leadership and Organizational Development Division Commander worked through this top down assessment, using the Police Executive Research Forum’s Principles as somewhat of a guideline. What the Commander found is that the policy and training on Use of Force was good, but the MPD believes it can always improve. The documents you’ll find in this section are a reflection of where the Department is, and where it is going in the future.

Use of Force Training

-MPD Reexamines Use of Force Policies and Training

Comparison to Police Executive Research Forum’s (PERF) Principles

PERF Use of Force Principles

PERF Use of Force Principles Development Facts



National Initiative

The Minneapolis Police Department continues its progressive journey as a leader in national community policing efforts. After considering approximately 100 cities for a national program, the Department of Justice selected the City of Minneapolis as one of six cities to participate in its National Initiative for Building Community Trust & Justice. The National Initiative offers a multi-faceted approach to enhance community trust with communities police serve. Furthermore, the initiative explores, advances and disseminates information about strategies intended to enhance procedural justice, reduce implicit bias and support racial reconciliation. National experts and scholars have been in Minneapolis regularly for months, working with police and community leaders to produce plans of action and reviewing current initiatives.  Below you’ll find some examples.

National Initiative

-March 2015 MPD News Release

-March 2015 US Attorney General News Release

-What is the National Initiative?

January 2016 MPD Procedural Justice Training News Conference (VIDEO)

February 2016 DOJ Procedural Justice Training News Release

February 2016 MPD Black History Month (VIDEO)

Body Cameras

The Minneapolis Police Department has been exploring the implementation of body cameras since December of 2012, and the journey to implementation was lengthy and thorough. From a pilot program that spanned 3 precincts and 7 months through an exhaustive study of other policies and recommendations, the MPD process towards full implementation for patrol officers spanned nearly 4 years.  The city secured a $600,000 federal grant for the program and conducted countless community input sessions while crafting the final policy, released in June of 2016. You can find the policy, community considerations and a program overview within the following documents:

Body Cameras

-Update Body Worn Camera Policy

-Body Camera Press Conference with Mayor Hodges and Chief Harteau (VIDEO)

-Body Camera Cover Letter on Policy

-Community Considerations Regarding Body Camera Policy

-Body Camera Overview (including pilot program, community meetings, etc.)

-Department of Justice News Release on MPLS Body Camera Grant Award


MPD 2.0

In December of 2012 Chief Janeé Harteau was sworn in as the city’s 52nd Police Chief. She immediately recognized the need to increase communication and transparency with the community to build relationships around the common goal of public safety. MPD 2.0 was born, giving officers greater opportunities for growth and professional development while improving their connection with community stakeholders and residents. The progressive ability to implement change ahead of the national curve brings great credit to Minneapolis as the MPD produces a number of national best-practice standards for others to follow. The following is a snapshot of some of those initiatives:


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Office of Justice Programs Assessment

In 2013, the Chief requested assistance from the Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs Diagnostic Center to take an in-depth look at programs regarding police conduct and its impact on police-community relations. While many departments were forced to undergo this type of work, the MPD proactively requested it. Researchers and experts looked at 6 years of data on MPD’s oversight and discipline processand validated a number of progressive initiatives, including a drop in internal affairs complaints and an increase in officer coaching. The study also identified the following areas for improvement: officer coaching, community outreach, communication, early intervention systems for officers and police conduct/oversight. MPD administrators, officers, community leaders, city council members, police federation leaders, faith leaders and scholars produced the following plans for improvement:


Office of Justice Programs Assessment

-January 2015 OJP Diagnostic Analysis

-January 2015 MPD News Release

-January 2015 OJP/DOJ News Release

-MPD/OJP Committee Members

-MPD:OJP Mid-Program Report

•Early Intervention System Subcommittee

Seattle Site Visit (VIDEO)

•Police Conduct Oversight Subcommittee

May 2016 Complaint Process Explained (VIDEO)

•Community Engagement Subcommittee

2016 Youth Summit (VIDEO)

2015 Third Precinct Little Earth Community Engagement (VIDEO)

2015 Somali Community Engagement following Homicide in the Fifth Precinct (VIDEO)

•Performance Mentoring Subcommittee

•Communications Subcommittee



MPD Recent Policy Revisions

The MPD constantly evaluates and reevaluates its policies and procedures. All policies are subject to change and there are times when policies are revised, and new policies are enacted. Sometimes those changes reflect community concerns and sometimes they reflect new “best practice standards.” Regardless, changes are made to help guide the overall service that officers provide while ensuring public safety. You will find some of the most recent changes in the links below:

July 2016

Sanctity of Life Policy

Duty to Intervene Policy

Duty to Report Policy

De-escalation Policy

June 2016

Transgender Interactions Special Order

May 2016

Public Recording of Police Activities Special Order

January 2016

Code of Conduct Special Order

November 2015

Use of Discretion Special Order

July 2015

Professional Policing Special Order

May 2015

Disabilities and Limited English Language Proficiency