Mayor Hodges, Chief Harteau Request Federal COPS Office Conduct After-Action Review of City Response to 4th Precinct Occupation
February 2, 2016 (MINNEAPOLIS) — Today, Mayor Betsy Hodges and Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau made a formal request to the Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services Office to conduct an independent after-action review of the City of Minneapolis’ response to the 18-day occupation of the 4th precinct building late last year.
“To move forward and grow together, we must constantly assess our actions and pursue continuous improvement,” said Mayor Hodges. “An independent review of the City’s response to the protests at the 4th Precinct will provide the city — our leaders, our departments, and our residents — with important insight into what was done well and where we can do better in the future. This assessment will have value not only for Minneapolis, but for cities around the country.”
“As a progressive police department we are always proactively seeking input into our responses, validating our best practices and identifying ways in which we can better serve our community,” Chief Harteau said. “The COPS office is often called upon to conduct reviews into incidents that are unique or may become a future trend. This process will help the Minneapolis Police Department and other law-enforcement agencies nationally look at some new challenges and new opportunities for us to improve our profession.”
The goal of the assessment is to identify significant findings about critical decisions and practices in order to help develop lessons learned that Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Police Department, and cities and law-enforcement agencies nationwide can use to help build trust, improve relationships, and protect civil rights in the communities they serve.
Published Feb 2, 2016