Minneapolis police force shrinking as retirements kick in

  • Article by: Matt McKinney , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 18, 2014 - 6:19 AM

The Police Department, with its smallest roster in decades, aims to hire more cops and get them trained.

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i35splitJan. 18, 14 5:10 AM

Get ready for a tax increase. Fewer cops means more overtime pay. More retires means more pension liabilities and health insurance coverage for these retirees.

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starboy123Jan. 18, 14 8:47 AM

A billion dollars for police services in the last seven years and all the city gets is more of the same. Crime rate is not tied to the number of cops, but to the number of suspects, young male between the ages of 13 to 23. As this demographic shrinks, so does the crime rate.

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lakimJan. 18, 14 9:19 AM

There needs to be more officers of color hired that reflect the diversity of the city. Also they should reside in the city that they work. No more of just white officers that live in the far suburbs that have a chip on there shoulder and come to the inner city with preconceived notions and I'll intentions. We saw first hand that mindset and behavior with their racist comments from last summers two separate incidents caught on tape. Hiring more local officers of color would be a big boost to the community

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supervon2Jan. 18, 14 9:20 AM

With the pension costs increasing how soon will we be just another Detroit?

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foneboothJan. 18, 14 9:50 AM

Funny to see the haters here. What's the cop worth to you when the bad guy's is in your house and you call 911. What's the cop worth to you when you've been hurt or some other bad illegal thing befalls you? As for living in the city...a show of hands...how many here live in their office or even office building? Go ahead...just a show of hands. No one? Well, why on earth do you not live at your office? You have a separate home to go to each night? Wow, what a concept...

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thunderJan. 18, 1410:03 AM

I think there a couple of things that the public may not understand. First, to hire officers to meet diversity demands requires a candidate pool of such applicants. Then those candidates need to successfully complete training. There is a lack of highly qualified candidates, in fact, the Department would be lucky to get even one applicants from some cultures/communities. Second, nearly every public servant pension plan is statewide and very solvent compared to nearly every other State. In Minnesota both the employee and employer contribute to the fund. The reason there will be a bunch leaving soon is because pension changes that will bo longer allow police officers to retire before a certain age without penalty. This is a good thing for the fund.

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furguson11Jan. 18, 1410:34 AM

The police force had shrunk from almost 900 officers to 798 when violent crime spiked in 2005-6. So I wonder what will happen when the force goes to 775? Maybe community engagement can make up for raw horsepower.

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furguson11Jan. 18, 1410:41 AM

"starboy123-A billion dollars for police services in the last seven years and all the city gets is more of the same. Crime rate is not tied to the number of cops, but to the number of suspects, young male between the ages of 13 to 23. As this demographic shrinks, so does the crime rate." So by this logic we'll really have to add cops when the Mayor gets the population of Minneapolis up to 500,000

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thedanmanJan. 18, 1411:43 AM

furguson11, the DFL led city is not going to get the population up to 500,000. Streetcars, stadiums, municipal utilities and anti-business taxes and regulations will ensure it won't happen. As far as the police go, I'm sure it will even out. Workforce demographics and numbers are always changing. In fact, I'd suggest this article means nothing in the day to day operations. It'd be something if they hadn't been monitoring their staff but they have had plans in place to address it.

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redeye12Jan. 18, 1411:50 AM

Interesting because the city has had a policy of understaffing because they don't have enough officers of color and applicants of color. So they prefer to pay OT and underserve the public for a political agenda.

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