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Task force forms in Minneapolis to regulate off-duty police work

The six-member task force is expected to make recommendations to support officer wellness, public safety, and accountability.

MINNEAPOLIS — The City of Minneapolis is launching a task force to reform and regulate off-duty police work.

This comes after the Minneapolis Audit Committee informed city council of a stronger need for regulating off-duty police work. That was September 2019. 

According to city crime data, violent crime was up 12% last year. In addition to responding to more crime, officers are currently required to work additional hours for events that serve alcohol.

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The six-member task force is expected to make recommendations that would support officer wellness, public safety, and accountability. According to the City, recommendations would be taken into consideration as Mayor Jacob Frey’s 2021 budget proposal is crafted.  

Speaking of the mayor, he’s one of the task force members. Also included are city council members Alondra Cano, Ward 9, Linea Palmisano, Ward 13, and Steve Fletcher, Ward 3, as well as Police Chief Medaria Arradondo and Minneapolis Police Federation Vice President Sherral Schmidt. 

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