Minneapolis mayor, incoming interim chief plan to hire more officers, expand partnerships to combat crime
January 6, 2022
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and incoming interim Police Chief Amelia Huffman rolled out a new crime-fighting plan Wednesday that calls for hiring dozens of police officers, expanding partnerships with other law enforcement agencies and beefing up units focused on investigating violent robberies and carjackings.
At a City Hall news conference, Frey said the department plans to hire five recruit classes to help close a staffing gap created by the departures of hundreds of officers since the murder of George Floyd in the spring of 2020. For now, the mayor said, the department was directing its resources to areas that need it most, including assigning officers to neighborhoods where stolen vehicles are frequently abandoned.
"It's clear that violent crime and the fear of violent crime is hurting our city," Huffman said. "In fact, it's hurting our entire metro area."