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Minneapolis officials plan community listening sessions to aid in police chief search

Listening sessions focused on resident "feedback, guidance and perspective" have been planned by city officials. These sessions are meant to inform leaders of community demands during the search for a new Minneapolis police chief.

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City Council Member LaTrisha Vetaw, chair of the Council’s Public Health and Safety Committee, is working with Mayor Jacob Frey’s office and the Mayor’s Police Chief Search Committee on a series of community listening sessions.

“The community feedback, guidance and perspective received during these sessions will be an integral piece in the creation of the position profile and will inform the entire search process for the new police chief,” the city said in a statement.

The listening sessions are meant to “help inform the search process for the next Minneapolis police chief and will be held in each of the City’s five police precincts,” according to city officials. 

“The next chief of police will be instrumental in shaping the future of MPD,” Vetaw said. “It is important that community members have an opportunity to weigh in with their feedback and vision. I am looking forward to hearing from and engaging with residents about this very important hire.”

“Intentionally selecting the next chief of police is among the most consequential decisions before our city,” Frey said. “The more voices centered and heard in the search process, the better we will be for it. I’m grateful for Council Member LaTrisha Vetaw’s leadership in organizing and hosting these events to engage community members across Minneapolis.”

Community listening sessions 

  • 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday, April 18. Folwell Park building, 1615 Dowling Ave. N.
  • 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21. Elliot Park building, 1000 E. 14th St.
  • 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday, April 25. Powderhorn Park building, 3400 15th Ave. S.
  • 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27. Logan Park building, 690 13th Ave NE
  • 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park building, 4055 Nicollet Ave.  

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