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.
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:
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. The city 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, ethnic and religious composition, and population density.
This status report describes Minneapolis' progress at the midpoint of the project’s second year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Minneapolis, officially the City of Minneapolis, is the county seat of Hennepin County, and larger of the Twin Cities, the 14th-largest metropolitan area in the United States, containing approximately 3.8 million residents.
Star Tribune - April 2017
Female police officers’ de-escalation skills changing tone in Minneapolis
Minneapolis Post - November 2016
Working together to ensure public safety in 21st-century Minneapolis
Minneapolis Star Tribune - November 2016
Minneapolis detective draws on deep community roots
Minneapolis Star-Tribune - October 2016
‘Too many young black men are dying,’ a deputy chief says at community gathering
Minneapolis Star Tribune - August 2016
Minneapolis police reveal changes to use-of-force policy
MPR News - August 2016
Minneapolis police chief says body cameras are already paying off
Star Tribune - July 2016
With trust and street cred, organizer works to change lives in north Minneapolis
Star Tribune - July 2016
Minneapolis expands diversion programs for misdemeanor offenses
KMSP - July 2016
Minneapolis Police Department final bodycam policy released
Southwest Journal - July 2016
Hodges focuses on city’s ‘deep truths’ in State of the City speech
MPR News - May 2016
Minn. police chiefs hear about implicit bias in policing
MinnPost - April 2016
First step in building community trust and justice: Acknowledge past harms
USA Today - April 2016
Minneapolis police revamp training to combat discrimination
CBS Minnesota - March 2016
Minneapolis Police Department Looks Back At Roots Of Diversity
Southwest Journal - March 2016
Police and community take a hard look at implicit bias
Star Tribune - February 2016
In Minneapolis, a time for change on policing and race
ABC 5 Minneapolis - February 2016
Minneapolis Police Training Looks to Transform Police, Resident Interaction
FOX 9 Minneapolis - February 2016
Minneapolis part of Dept. of Justice initiative to build trust between community, police
ABC 5 Minneapolis - February 2016
National Pilot Program on Police-Community Relations Gets Underway in Mpls.
MSR News Online - January 2016
Pilot project seeks ways to build police-community trust
Star Tribune - January 2016
New Minneapolis diversion program swaps fines, jail time for conversation with an officer
Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration - January 2016
Over 70 Top Police Chiefs and Prosecutors Urge Congress to Pass Criminal Justice Reform
MPR News - November 2015
Minneapolis police getting training on ‘procedural justice’
Minnesota Daily - September 2015
Minneapolis targeting police interactions
Star Tribune - June 2015
Minneapolis police training aims to help officers recognize biases
Miami Herald - March 2015
Justice Dept. uses grants to encourage good community-police relations
Minneapolis Star Tribune - March 2015
Minneapolis chosen for program to reduce racially biased policing
PBS News Hour - March 2015
Federal pilot project seeks to stem racial bias in law enforcement
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