FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 26, 2020
Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association statement on today's Minneapolis City Council vote to remove "police department"
(St. Paul, Minn.) – In response to today’s actions by the Minneapolis City Council regarding revising the city charter to remove “police department,” MPPOA Executive Director Brian Peters made the following statement:
“The MPPOA is very concerned to see Minnesota’s largest city moving forward with its haphazard effort to dismantle the police department, which we fear will create an unsafe environment not only for residents, but also visitors, businesses, and employees that work and visit the city. Their proposal, in the midst of a drastic increase of violent gun crimes, is an unserious and disingenuous attempt to satisfy small political factions without providing real resources to address and prevent crime from happening in the city. If they were serious about making real change, they should be including feedback of peace officers and first responders into what really goes into public safety on a day-to-day basis.”
The Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association (MPPOA) has represented Minnesota’s public safety officers for nearly 100 years and currently has 10,000+ members who hold active law enforcement licenses in the state of Minnesota. Our members include police officers, correctional officers, dispatchers, and firefighters. The MPPOA is the largest association representing public safety professionals in the State of Minnesota.