MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced Friday that a new task force has been formed to help guide the city as it considers changes to its Police Department, a priority for city leaders and some community members after the May 25 death of George Floyd.

The public safety transformation task force will include national and local leaders. Members of a local group will focus on increased accountability, safety beyond policing, community and police relations and proactive measures. Frey didn’t elaborate.

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“Achieving deep, transformational change to public safety will require a team effort,” Frey said in a statement. “And the combination of experts and advocates that we have assembled are primed to deliver innovative policies and a wholly-new approach to public safety.”

Members of the local group will include police Chief Medaria Arradondo, Minneapolis NAACP president Leslie Redmond, Hennepin County Chief Public Defender Mary Moriarty, and others.

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Frey said a national group will also meet in coming weeks to focus on policies, practices and models to help Minneapolis build a safer city for everyone.

The City Council is moving forward with a proposal to dismantle the Police Department and replace it with a community-based approach. Frey has said he’s against abolishing the department, but that there must be change.

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