MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — He’s not officially the Minneapolis police chief yet, but Monday Medaria Arradondo received another vote of confidence.
At a press conference held at the 3rd Precinct on Monday, Mayor Betsy Hodges called Arradondo a strong and respected leader.
Together, they outlined their vision for public safety and building trust in Minneapolis.
“I’m humbled and honored to have the opportunity to lead the Minneapolis Police Department,” said Arradondo.
Arradondo has been the acting chief for 10 days. But as a lifelong Minneapolis resident, he said it’s a job he’s been preparing for his entire career.
“In a time when trust, relationships and communication are more important than ever, I can’t think of a better choice for MPD than acting Chief Arradondo,” said Mayor Hodges.
Arradondo took over after Chief Janee Harteau resigned following the fatal shooting of Justine Damond.
Because he’s been with Minneapolis Police for 28 years, critics said this isn’t really a change in leadership. But Arradondo is confident he can bring a new perspective.
“I’ve also tried to correct change within the Minneapolis Police Department and I’ve never wavered,” said Arradondo.
Arradondo said he will take a close look at use of force and body camera policies to see what changes need to be made. He talked about posting a data dashboard to the department’s website that will highlight police contacts in the city. And he stressed the importance of building trust not just within the city, but within the department as well.
“The Minneapolis Police Department, we will not recoil. We will not withdraw from our obligation to protect and serve. We will look at challenges as opportunities and we will see that sometimes conflict and tension can be opportunities to help make us do a better job,” said Arradondo.
On Tuesday the city’s executive committee will discuss Arradondo’s nomination.
A public safety committee with public input will also take place before the city council votes whether or not to approve Arradondo as chief.