Minneapolis Police Department
The Minneapolis Police Department is the primary law enforcement agency in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. It is the second-oldest police department in Minnesota, after the Saint Paul Police Department that formed in 1854. In May 2020, an MPD officer was charged with killing George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for approximately nine minutes. The killing sparked worldwide protests against racism and police brutality.
About Minneapolis Police Department in brief
The Minneapolis Police Department is the primary law enforcement agency in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. It is the second-oldest police department in Minnesota, after the Saint Paul Police Department that formed in 1854. The department is organized into four bureaus all reporting to the Assistant Chief of Police, who in turn reports to the Chief. The city is divided into five precincts with 800 sworn officers and 300 civilian employees. In May 2020, an MPD officer was charged with killing George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for approximately nine minutes. The killing sparked worldwide protests against racism and police brutality. In June 2020, President Lisa Bender of the Minneapolis City Council stated that the city should dismantle the MPD and replace it with a “transformative new model of public safety” A proposed city charter amendment was passed, which, if approved by voters, would replace the MPd with a Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention, with a provision that would allow for a division of licensed peace officers but would not require one. The Minneapolis City Charter Commission later cancelled plans to put the proposed city Charter amendment on the November 2020 ballot. In the 19th century, the City of St. Anthony and Town of Minneapolis were first served by an appointed city marshal who was assisted by constables. Criminals sentenced would be sent to the Ramsey County Jail or the Stillwater Penitentiary until the Hennepin County Courthouse and Jail was built in 1857. When the two cities merged and incorporated as Minneapolis in 1867, Mayor Dorilus Morrison appointed H.
H. Brackett as the first police chief. With six patrolmen, the new Police Department of Minneapolis served a population of about 5,000 people. In 1884, the force numbered 100 men and Shingle Creek workhouse was completed. In 1876, A. A. Ames was elected to his first of four nonconsecutive terms as mayor. He fired half of the police department filling the ranks with political supporters. He was dubbed \”The Shame of Minneapolis\” by the national press. He appointed his brother Frederick W. Ames as police chief, who replaced the corrupt police force with crooks. The board was short-lived for three terms for three years, until it was replaced by the City Council, the Board of Police Commissioners, and the Minneapolis Park Police Department. The MPD answers about four hundred thousand calls a year and does fifty thousand proactive stops a year. The Metropolitan Airports Commission Police serves the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport in unincorporated HennEPin County. Also operating in the city are the University of Minnesota Police Department, Minneapolis Park police Department, Metro Transit Police, and Hennepsin County Sheriff’s Office. At the city’s population peak, the MP d served over 521,000. The department’s 3rd precinct station was destroyed as of May 29, 2020, and today serves over 430,000 as of the last census estimate. It has explicitly refused offers for intervention training which would have prevented civilian loss of life.