News Click: MPD Use of Force
Minneapolis Police Near End Of Body Camera Testing ProgramThe Minneapolis Police Department is in the final stages of its body camera test program. Thirty-six officers from three different precincts volunteered to test and evaluate the cameras.
Minneapolis Police Warn Of Scam Using MPD's Phone NumberMinneapolis police are warning the public of a scam that uses the department's phone number. Police say they've received reports from people who said they were contacted by someone claiming to be with the IRS. The caller ID shows the Fifth Precinct main number: 612-673-5705.
Police Reality Show ‘The First 48’ Returns To MinneapolisThe hit A & E reality TV show "The First 48" returns to Minneapolis this week to follow around some of the city's homicide investigators. Minneapolis Police say they are excited to welcome back the show, which has featured the city's investigators before in several episodes. It has been a few years since their last appearance.
Extra Officers Walk North Minneapolis StreetsA day after gunfire claimed another life in north Minneapolis, police are making their presence known. Officers are out of their cars and walking the beat, interacting with people in the latest effort to stop the violence.
Mpls. Police Looking To Make Veterans Into CopsThe Minneapolis Police Department is looking for returning military veterans to fill the gaps in its ranks. The department took a big hit after changes in the state's pension plan. It saw many MPD officers take early retirement.
After 28 Robberies Near 'U' Campus, MPD Taking ActionA rash of robberies and assaults on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus has students calling for more police on the beat. As a result, Minneapolis Police are ramping up its efforts to keep students on and near campus safe.
City Leaders, Activists Look To Chief's Action On MPD MisconductOn Saturday, the Minneapolis Police Officers Federation issued a statement about two cases involving off-duty officers accused of racial bias. The Federation says it concurs with Chief Janee Harteau's statement that "racism and discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated within the MPD." They said they want exactly what Chief Harteau wants: the community's trust that officers will impartially and objectively protect the public. The union wants a seat at the table when the powers that be meet to discuss how to deal with these accusations of misconduct.
Chief Harteau: MPD ‘No Place For Racism Or Discrimination’Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau issued a statement Friday afternoon regarding her department’s stand on racism and discriminatory behavior after two off-duty Minneapolis Police officers were involved in a racially-charged incident in Green Bay, Wis in June. Chief Harteau says the conduct of Officers Brian Thole and Shawn Powell “overshadows” the work of her department and her staff, and will not be allowed.
Walking The Beat: MPD’s Summer Strategy For North SideMinneapolis Police are walking the beat on the city's north side, and it’s a welcomed sight for some residents. “That’s probably the best part thing about this - you're having a conversation with people, and they can actually see more than just the uniform," Kaminski said. Officers Matt Kaminski and Sokhom Klann spend their shift checking area hotspots.
MPD Bike Patrol Back On The Midtown GreenwayThe Minneapolis Police Bike Patrol began patrolling the Midtown Greenway again for the warm weather months on Thursday.