‘I’m optimistic it’s not going to be difficult’ Minneapolis police work to recruit more officers – WCCO
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – It’s a problem in most of the country’s major cities: finding recruits to fill the ranks of its police departments.
Minneapolis Police have made fewer felony arrests so far this year than in the past four years. Many believe that having 200 fewer officers on the streets is a major factor in diminishing law enforcement.
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Sgt. Keia Boyd, head of MPD’s recruiting effort, was born and raised in South Minneapolis and shares Chief Medaria Arradondo’s vision for a department that reflects the community he serves.
“One of the reasons I became a police officer is to protect my community and what could be better than being a police officer,” Boyd said. “The chef’s vision is to be more intentional in our efforts and to include the Minneapolis community in our recruiting process and to help us recruit.”
She contacted religious leaders in the community to send qualified candidates to the attention of the department. Boyd also believes that it is essential to help those interested in understanding the different ways of entering the profession.
“We have the Explorer program which places kids in the middle of high school, then feeds them directly into our CSO program which will pay up to two years of your tuition if you go to law enforcement school, then you’ll go straight to our academy, ”Boyd said.
This route allows candidates to familiarize themselves with the department by working part-time while attending school.
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MPD is also looking for people with degrees in sociology, social work or criminal justice.
“We will pay your share of skills, state requirements to be a licensed Minnesota police officer, and while you do that, your benefits kick in immediately and you are a full-time employee, ”Boyd said.
Boyd believes these efforts will allow the most qualified candidates to fill the ranks of the MPD.
“I’m optimistic it won’t be difficult. I’m from the community, I know it hasn’t stopped with me, I know other community members want to take on this profession, ”Boyd said.
MPD is also using its Women’s Leadership Academy to give women interested in the profession a glimpse into what the academy looks like.
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