Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota, is one of six pilot sites employing strategies, examining policies, and developing evidence through research to reduce implicit bias, enhance procedural justice, and promote racial reconciliation.

Minneapolis, Minnesota, is one of six pilot sites employing strategies, examining policies, and developing evidence through research to reduce implicit bias, enhance procedural justice, and promote racial reconciliation. Minneapolis was selected as a pilot site for its demonstrated willingness and capacity to engage in the National Initiative’s research, intervention, and evaluation process, as well as its jurisdiction size and demographic composition. 

This status report comes as Minneapolis moves into a fourth year of work with the National Initiative: moving forward, the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) will take steps to institutionalize each component of the NI to ensure sustainability and longevity. 

To read the 2018 status report for Minneapolis, please click here

If you would like to read the 2017 status report for Minneapolis, you can find it here

In a concrete step toward improved transparency and accountability, the Minneapolis Police Department is consistently adding its departmental policies to its Policy & Procedure Manual webpage. Additionally, the MPD regularly publishes its data on crime, arrests, use of force, and officer-involved shootings in an easy-to-navigate dashboard format.   

The MPD webpage also details the department's history of work with the National Initiative, the Chief's Citizens Advisory Council, and the Community Engagement Team

Jacob Frey, Mayor

Medaria Arradondo, Chief of Police

A first site visit in June 2015 brought together interested residents and community groups of Minneapolis to participate in a community convening to discuss the National Initiative project. At this convening, the National Initiative introduced the goals and strategies of the project and explained how community members can participate directly.

The National Initiative team also met with city leaders, representatives from the police department, and prosecutors to discuss the role of criminal justice practitioners in this historic initiative.

Minneapolis Police: Procedural Justice, Chaplain Intro:


Minneapolis Police Department: Procedural Justice:

Mayor Betsy Hodges Statement on the One-Year Anniversary of the Death of Jamar Clark 

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges released a statement offering condolences to the family of Jamar Clark one year after his death. Mayor Hodges also noted the introspection this tragedy has driven and the progress that she has sought to make. 

Below are some items that the National Initiative and Minneapolis have produced so far. 

Site Visit Agenda: February, 2016

National Initiative staff visited Minneapolis in February 2016 to meet with senior law enforcement officials as well as community members and representatives from various local support and advocacy organizations. 

Community Survey Results

As part of the National Initiative’s commitment to evaluating the effectiveness of its interventions, the Urban Institute surveyed residents from Minneapolis’s highest-crime neighborhoods regarding their perceptions of and attitudes toward criminal activity and the police department. The surveys were conducted through face-to-face interviews in fall 2015.

Site Visit Agenda: November, 2015

Our second site visit  in November 2015 inlcuded meetings with local leaders and organizations that will play important roles in the National Initaitive's ongoing work with Minneapolis. 

Implementation Plan

The implementation plan for Minneapolis contains information regarding trainings in procedural justice and implicit bias as well as initial assessments of key stakeholders' attitudes going into the reconciliation process. The document goes into detail regarding unique interventions and what certain of these processes entail.

Site Visit Agenda: June, 2015

The National Initiative's first site visit to Minneapolis came in June 2015 when partners met to begin laying the foundation for the work that will take place over the next three years. The schedule included broader agenda setting with representatives from various groups and organizations as well as breakout meetings for smaller groups to discuss the strategy going forward.


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