Across the country, we are seeing communities reviewing policies and procedures of police departments to determine whether there are changes or improvements to how we do policing. Brooklyn Park Police Department is a national leader in community policing. With a community that transformed quickly to having 1 in 5 residents foreign-born and one of the most culturally diverse communities in the Midwest, policing evolved. BPPD is constantly reviewing policies proactively to ensure that our police can continue to protect all lives.
After the tragic death of George Floyd, the City Council in partnership with the Human Rights Commission (HRC) reached out to the community to listen to feedback about police reform and racial justice. After that feedback was gathered the Human Rights Commission and the BPPD’s Multicultural Advisory Committee (MAC) developed a work plan. Right now, the HRC is working on recommendations to present to City Council in November (see the timeline below).
We will continue to update this page with the latest information as we work to improve policing in our community.
Human Rights Commission begins discussion on Police Reform.
City Council assigns them the task of identifying improvements to the police department.
- 6/3 Virtual Community Meeting
- 6/11 Virtual Community Meeting
- 6/29 Special Council meeting with HRC and MAC
Human Rights Commission holds Police Reform and Racial Justice Community Meetings
- 7/14 West District listening session
- 7/23 Central District listening session
- 7/29 East District listening session
Human Rights Commission and Police Department work together on addressing community feedback and reviewing police policies
- 8/18 Virtual Listening Session
Human Rights Commission presents to Council their proposed improvements to police department
- 9/14 Police Chief gives update on changes within the department since 2014 and an update on crime in the community
- City Council asks Human Rights Commission to present recommendations in November