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MPD Statement on Human Rights Inquiry

June 3, 2020 (MINNEAPOLIS) – MPD welcomes the State of Minnesota’s insight and assistance in furthering our quest to make the Minneapolis Police Department the best it can be to the residents, visitors and businesses in the city as well as for the employees of the MPD.

People build a culture, and Chief Arradondo has modeled and lead to ensure MPD officers ascribe to the missions, values and goals by meeting personally with both sworn and civilian staff and our community stakeholders.

Our first guiding principle is the sanctity of life and providing safety for all people of Minneapolis. We must navigate this work through a procedural justice lens that ensures we treat everyone with respect, have neutral engagement, allow those to have voice and build spaces of trust

Transformational culture change has been the corner stone of Chief Arradondo’ s time as the leader of the Minneapolis Police Department.

Chief Arradondo has created and implemented new policy and procedures to make sure we continue to evolve and are meeting the needs of our diverse communities.

Some of these important service initiatives include:

  • Co-Responder Unit
  • Procedural Justice education for community members
  • IACP Healing Grant
  • Homeless and Vulnerable Population Initiative
  • Community Engagement Team
  • Bike Cops for Kids
  • LGBTQ+ Liaison
  • Little Earth Mentoring
  • Human Trafficking Unit
  • Community Navigators
  • Group Violence Intervention (GVI)
  • Revamped U-Visa Program
  • NARCAN – Issuing and training all officers with this
  • ReCAST
  • Outward Facing Data Dashboard

Some of the internal initiatives include:

  • Procedural Justice
  • De-Escalation Training / Crisis Intervention Training
  • Updated Policies
  • Early Intervention System
  • Mindfulness Training
  • Police Leadership Training
  • Health and Wellness Unit

Chief Arradondo stated “The sworn and civilian members of the Minneapolis Police Department remain steadfast in recognizing that service is honorable, and it requires building genuine and authentic relationships with all communities. The authority given to us by the community comes with great responsibility and obligation to always have their best interest at heart. With the assistance of the State Human Rights Commission, we can take an honest examination at systemic barriers that have prevented us from reaching our greatest potential for those we serve.”