Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey admitted the city was short of police officers on Friday, a day after a judge ruled the city must hire more police officers by June of next year, according to reports.
Frey called the high attrition rate “problematic” and promised the city would focus on recruiting to boost the numbers, FOX 9 reported in Minneapolis.
Hennepin County District Judge Jamie L. Anderson said the city is expected to have at least 730 officers by June 30, 2022, or 0.2 percent of the population, in a ruling over a lawsuit brought by the conservative Upper Midwest Law Center. The city is currently expected to have around 669 agents by next June.
“Minneapolis is in crisis,” the plaintiffs wrote in the complaint, citing the increase in shootings and homicides and the violent protests by George Floyd.
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Frey, a Democrat, said he “had always opposed” police funding and said he “fully” supported Police Chief Medaria Arradondo.
“It’s a both / and approach,” Frey said, according to FOX 9. “We need community-driven strategies that go beyond police and you need officers too. We intend to make sure that we push for allocations both through [the American Rescue Plan] as well as the current budget to ensure that we are bringing the necessary personnel to the Minneapolis Police Department. “
Many officers in Minneapolis and elsewhere left last year amid often violent anti-police protests.
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“Part of the assistance [the chief] to get the right results, “Frey continued,” means we have to give him the necessary tools he needs to be successful. ”
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