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Police Reform: Enhancing community policing

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. The HRC presented recommendations to City Council. At the November 30 meeting they will choose a consultant to hire and evaluate the Police Department (see the timeline below).

We will continue to update this page with the latest information as we work to improve policing in our community.

Timeline

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June:

Human Rights Commission begins discussion on Police Reform.

City Council assigns them the task of identifying improvements to the police department.

July:

City Council hosts Police Reform and Racial Justice Community Meetings in partnership with the Human Rights Commission.

  • 7/14 West District listening session
  • 7/23 Central District listening session
  • 7/29 East District listening session

August:

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

Listening Sessions Summary >

Virtual Listening Session Summary >

September:

  • 9/14 Police Chief gives update on changes within the department since 2014 and an update on crime in the community

Police Chief Presentation >

  • City Council asks Human Rights Commission to present recommendations in November

October:

November:

  • The HRC is presented their recommendations to the Council.

See list of recommendations

  • On November 30, the City Council will choose a consultant to do an evaluation of the Police Department (including a scorecard) as well as our community’s root causes of violence and racial disparities.

Frequently Asked Question

Here are answers to some of the common questions we heard at the listening sessions.

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