Minneapolis Mayor Nixes Plan To Add Cops To Understaffed Force, Cuts PD Budget

Holly Matkin

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said that the approved budget change was "among his proudest days as mayor."

Minneapolis, MN – Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has backed out of his proposal to add 14 new positions to the grossly-understaffed Minneapolis Police Department (MPD).

The move also reduced next year’s initially-proposed police budget by $163,000, the Star Tribune reported.

When the Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved Frey’s budget change on Friday, he declared that the moment was “among his proudest days as mayor,” according to the paper.

Instead of adding 14 officer positions, the city said it will focus on training and hiring a class of cadets in order to try to fill existing vacant positions in the 888-man department.

Thirty-eight recruits are expected to attend the class, but it is unknown how many will actually graduate from the program and join MPD, Frey’s office told the Star Tribune.

The mayor said he will order the police chief to assign 14 of the new recruits to the divisions where Frey initially planned to create the 14 new positions – the same positions he just axed from the budget – thereby requiring the department to stretch its understaffed agency even further.

City leaders also pulled back hundreds of thousands of dollars that had been earmarked for MPD, and opted to funnel it into crime prevention programs instead.

City Council President Lisa Bender said that the plan “is a more clear and transparent way of investing in our Police Department where the need lies,” the Star Tribune reported.

Bender noted that she was disappointed that bumping up funding for the violence prevention initiatives wasn’t the mayor’s focus from the beginning.

She and two other city council members also unsuccessfully attempted to pull even more money and manpower from MPD by decreasing the recruitment class size, according to the Star Tribune.

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo had asked the city to put 400 more officers on the streets over the next several years to make up for the shortage, but Frey argued that the city’s budget wouldn’t allow for such an increase, CNN previously reported.

Over the past year, there weren’t enough police officers on duty for police to immediately send officers to respond to 6,776 “priority one” emergencies, FOX News reported in September.

A priority one call is assigned for “an imminent threat to personal safety, or the loss or damage to property exists," including shots fired, stabbings, and sexual assaults, FOX News reported.

Minneapolis police were also unable to respond to seven “priority zero” calls, including one for a baby that had stopped breathing and another for an officer in trouble.

FOX News reported that the Minneapolis Police Department’s website said priority zero calls were for “those situations where a known crisis exists that threatens the life of an individual. This is the highest possible priority and the fastest possible response is desired. The MECC objective is to have squads en route to the call within 30 seconds of receipt by the dispatcher.”

“To have to look someone in the eye and tell them that we were unable to get there because we do not have enough resources – it’s unacceptable,” Minnesota Police Chiefs Association President Andy Skoogman told FOX News.

The city council will vote to adopt a final budget on Wednesday, according to the Star Tribune.

Despite the alleged budget shortfall, Minneapolis city leaders unanimously voted to dump over $772,000 into a moving sculpture for the new Public Service Building in October.

The sculpture itself came with a $394,517 price tag, plus another $377,590 for electrical, ceiling and programmable lighting components associated with the artwork.

The city has also dumped another $85,000 into an initial prototype of the moving sculpture, KMSP reported.

The completed project will change shape in accordance with outside weather conditions, and is planned to be the centerpiece of the building’s two-story atrium.

“We wanted a piece that would capture people’s attention when they came into the building," City Arts Administrator Mary Altman told the news outlet. "We wanted a piece that would be interesting and exciting. We also wanted a piece that would be interesting to people who come to the building over and over again."

The motorized sculpture, which will be suspended from the ceiling, is intended to mimic “a rippling lake or a flock of birds,” city staff members told KMSP.

But many downtown business owners, professional sports teams, and residents said they would rather those funds be spent on increasing the presence of law enforcement officers in the area.

Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association Chairman Joe Tamburino said he was stunned to learn that the sculpture, which he described as a “big fish net,” was going to come with such a hefty price tag, KMSP reported.

Tamburino argued that funneling funds into such a project is evidence that the city’s priorities are out of alignment.

"I’m sure you could find an enterprising young person who will give you a beautiful painting or sculpture or statue," he told KMSP. "To give this to an operation out of Atlanta that’s going to cost over $700,000 and be moving all the time so we can see the [weather] changes in the city? Unnecessary!”

“You want to see the changes in the city? Look outside,” he suggested.

Comments (53)
flybynight
flybynight

What could possibly go wrong 🙄

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Ljubica48
Ljubica48

I can't recall the exact formula number for how many officers are needed to staff one patrol position 365/24/7, but adding 14 officers would probably actually add only less than 3 officers on the street. It should be called Minneap-No-Police

Ferret guy
Ferret guy

The article didnt say what political party this waste of human flesh is with, but anybody want to guess ???? Total morons

cacynic
cacynic

Maybe it is time for the police to step back and let the mayor and his board handle things for a while.

Micheal Sullivan
Micheal Sullivan

Typical leftist retardation. I almost hope their Public Service Building gets an active shooter and there are insufficient resources to respond for a few hours. Maybe something like that would enable these stupid bastards to pull their heads out of their asses.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

In fairness, the 2020 proposed budget includes a 4.6% increase for police funding, compared to 3.5% overall.

www.minneapolismn.gov/www/groups/public/@finance/documents/webcontent/wcmsp-221020.pdf (page 34).

Last year, the budget was a 9.8 percent increase from the 2018, with only a 2.8% for police.

www.minneapolismn.gov/www/groups/public/@finance/documents/webcontent/wcmsp-214163.pdf (page 6).

beyondpissedoff
beyondpissedoff

So now when the "tourists" visit downtown they can look at the beautiful sculpture after they are beaten and robbed.

Littlekittykat
Littlekittykat

And just WTF is a "violence prevention initiative?"

JBoH
JBoH

“...is a more clear and transparent way of investing in our Police Department where the need lies,...”

Spoken like a true politician with no clue of what the need is.

Brian N
Brian N

The city will get the type of department it paid for. Eventually the Muslim refugees will take over and become more bold and defiant since there are no police to keep them in check

whatalways3parts
whatalways3parts

Sounds like he's living in his own "Bubble" head. Needs to be reminded to "step-out n see the World,son."

Sculptures do Not help the community that Voted for You son.

oldbat
oldbat

Watch what happens if the mayor calls for help and none arrives.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

“We wanted a piece that would capture people’s attention when they came into the building," City Arts Administrator Mary Altman told the news outlet. "We wanted a piece that would be interesting and exciting. We also wanted a piece that would be interesting to people who come to the building over and over again." - well, yeah, that might work in the criminals' favor - having ready-made victims standing there gawking at the artwork and not paying attention to the rest of their surroundings. Yep, the victims, excuse me, the tourists will come back when police officers are not able to get to them in a timely fashion and grab their spotlight with the media to complain about the crimes.

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

"Thank you for calling 911. We have all been reassigned to give hugs and love to the city's most violent criminals so that maybe next year your life may not be at risk. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but just ask the person trying to kill you to join us for violence prevention. If you will leave your name and address, we will mail you brochures. Thank you again for calling Minneapolis Police Department where we really don't give a damn about your problems."

OakwoodLT5
OakwoodLT5

Typical butterfly 🦋 mentality. You can bet he won’t be short on security.

LEO0301
LEO0301

So having a moving sculpture takes precedent over public safety. Liberal logic at its finest. I wonder when those voting these people into office will finally take notice?

Wolfman2253
Wolfman2253

Well boys, find a parking spot and answer the calls as they come in and then go park again...Your mayor and City Council basically want you gone or dead....Stay alert Stay Safe take no chances... GO HOME ALIVE....

Farmer
Farmer

How much PD money is spent protecting this POS mayor?

Clay W
Clay W

Sorry. I have ZERO pity for them. The people of Minneapolis got exactly what they voted for. If you what to be a modern progressive city....deal with what ever comes with it. You may lose your life, or the life of a family member in a violent crime on the way to go see it....but enjoy your new artwork Minneapolis! 😆

Raymelson
Raymelson

I used to think dumb and dumber was funny but I didn't know some people were gonna use it as a life style also this is what Obama an sores started the want America to become a Muslim country and it's headed in that direction and until we start electing true Americans it's only gonna get worse so I would suggest all true Americans stay locked loaded and ready an I believe that a civil war is coming asap

Stanracer
Stanracer

It has become apparent that politicians these days tend to put police service at the bottom of their list of priorities. This is very sad and dangerous. Hopefully this trend will change before more citizens and police officers are injured or killed.

widbill45acp
widbill45acp

If you are late getting there and the taxpaying citizen is upset, hand him/her a card with the anti-LE Politician's phone number on it.

FSchloss
FSchloss

"Abandon all hope, ye who enter here," for thy mayor is an outrageous dickhead.\

Jailkeeper
Jailkeeper

So,, let me see if I understand this correctly. The city has almost 1 million dollars to go towards an art piece, but no money to go to the police department. Sounds legit 🤨

SaraReich
SaraReich

Voting didn't work so I just moved out of MPLS. People there actually wonder why so many businesses are moving out. What few police exist there aren't allowed to do their job anyways.

61mouse
61mouse

Ok guys go hand in your 2 weeks notice

Just-My-Thoughts.
Just-My-Thoughts.

Jacob Frey came to Minneapolis after graduating college in VA, worked for a law office and now mayor of Minneapolis and done a crappy job. The city is going down the toilet, cops can't do their job w/o being criticized and city council won't hire any more cops. They agreed to hire 14. Lets see. 14 divided by 5 precincts is 2.8 per Pct. Figuring out 3 shifts that leaves .933 per Pct. So, then you have to figure out days off, sick, vacation days and what do you have? Nothing..... Frey will move on to what he wants, a higher position somewhere else......Get outta town Jake.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I wonder what percentage of the Mpls budget is allocated to law enforcement. Knowing that would help me know how to feel about this.

MSK
MSK

Pathetic. Just f***ing pathetic. I’m sure this asswipe mayor has more than 14 cops on his security detail.


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