As part of Chief Janee Harteau’s commitment to building community trust and enhancing accountability, the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) requested the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Diagnostic Center conduct an independent assessment of the MPD’s officer oversight and discipline process. A technical assistance resource that uses data to define issues and solutions, the Diagnostic Center has been engaged with the MPD, stakeholders, and community members since 2013 in an effort to identify ways to improve police accountability based on best practices for managing oversight and preventing misconduct.
On October 8, 2014 the Diagnostic Center presented its preliminary assessment of the MPD’s oversight and discipline process. During these presentations, feedback and insight was received from stakeholders, community members, elected officials and MPD personnel.
On January 28, 2015 the MPD hosted a final presentation by the Diagnostic Center on the findings of its assessment and implementation plans to enhance the Department’s accountability procedures.
The final assessment report includes:
- Analysis of complaints filed against MPD police officers from 2008-2013
- Perceptions of stakeholders and community members and areas identified for improvements
- Recommendations for increasing transparency and community trust and knowledge of MPD’s conduct and oversight process
- Recommendations for improving police-community relations
Chief Harteau has pledged to implement the recommended changes to enhance police performance, transparency, and public trust.
“As a progressive leader, I requested this review a couple of years ago with the intention of gaining an independent review with some solid recommendations on how we can move our department and city forward. The OJP assessment validates that we are headed in the right direction and actually ahead of the national curve in many of our recent initiatives and training. I am also pleased to report we have been given some valuable and tangible recommendations on progressive steps we can take to enhance our community relationships and increase public trust and accountability ,” Chief Harteau remarked.
The OJP Diagnostic Center recommends the MPD improve its “Early Intervention System” and increase its communication and community outreach in regards to reviewing complaints.
The data driven diagnostic assessment researchers also found the following:
- Internal Affairs complaints dropped 47% over the six year period (2008-2013).
- The Office of Police Conduct Review (OPCR), made up of officers and civilians, reviewed 46% of the cases brought forward since 2012. Its predecessor, the Civilian Review Authority (CRA), only reviewed about 20% of the cases brought forward.
- Over the 6 year study period, “corrective action” or “officer coaching” has increased 6 fold. This is a proactive practice that aides in preventing misconduct.
The following “community stakeholders” were invited to the MPD and OJP final findings presentation. It is important to note that not all invitees attended the January 28th event.
- Ron Edwards, African American Activist
- Don Samuels, Minister and Educator
- Roberta Englund, Neighborhood Coordinator
- Clyde Bellecourt, Native American Activist
- Leo Espinoza, Hispanic Activist
- Nekima Levy-Pounds, Esq., University of St. Thomas
- Avelino Mills-Novoa, Mpls. Comm. & Tech. College, President
- Harry Davis, Jr., Retired (Circle of Discipline)
- Pastor Charles Graham, Macedonia Baptist Church
- Bishop Richard Howell, Shiloh Temple
- Dr. Heather Huseby, Youthlink, Executive Director
- Renee Jenson, The Barbara Schneider Foundation
- Joanne Kaufman , WDBA, Executive Director
- Kate Lee, 4th Pct. Resident
- William Means, MN O.I.C. Council
- Jana Metge, Citizens for a Loring Park Community
- Father Michael O’Connell, Ascension Church
- Doris Overby, 3rd Pct. Standish Neighborhood Resident
- Arnetta Phillips, Shiloh Temple Church
- Michael Rainville, 2nd Pct. Resident
- Rebecca Waggoner, Outfront MN
- Claudia Waring, Asian Women United of Minnesota
- Shane Zahn, Mpls. Downtown Improvement District
- Robert Lilligren, Little Earth of United Tribes, Ex. Director
- Long Yang, HAMAA Rep
- Kandace Montgomery, TakeAction Minnesota
- Scott Gray, Minneapolis Urban League
- Reverend Jerry McAfee, President, NAACP
- Alisa Clemons, Northside Public Safety Group, Community Advocate
- Frank Brown, Co-Chair, DFL African American Caucus
- Veronica Mendez, Organizer, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha
- Vina Kay, Organizing Apprenticeship Project Kay
- Anthony Newby, Executive Director – Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC)
- Sondra Samuels, NAZ
- Wokie Weah, Youthprise
- Jaylani Hussein, East African Activist Police Conduct Oversight Commission
- Alfred Babington-Johnson, Stairstep Academy
- Joe Senkyr-Minjares, Hispanic Restaurant Owner and Resident
- Council President Barbara Johnson
- Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden
- Public Safety Committee Council Chair Blong Yang
- Public Safety Committee Council Chair Cam Gordon
- Public Safety Committee Council Member Linea Palmisano
- Public Safety Committee Council Member Kevin Reich
- City Attorney Susan Segal
- Civil Rights Director Velma Korbel
- OPCR Director Michael Brown
- Jennifer Singleton, Police Conduct Oversight Commission
- Adriana Cerrillo, Police Conduct Oversight Commission
- Laura Westphal, Police Conduct Oversight Commission
- Andrew Buss, Police Conduct Oversight Commission
- Mayor Betsy Hodges and Staff