Congratulations, Medaria Arradondo, new chief of the Police Department

The City Council unanimously approved Mayor Betsy Hodges’ nomination of Medaria “Rondo” Arradondo as the new chief of the Police Department. Chief Arradondo, who has served as acting chief since July 21, will now officially take on that position. 

Prior to becoming acting chief, he served as the assistant chief of police. He oversaw the department’s day-to-day operations including Special Operations, the Intelligence Division and police-community relations initiatives including the department’s procedural justice work and initiatives with the Department of Justice’s National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice

Arradondo joined the Minneapolis Police Department in 1989 as a patrol officer in the 3rd Precinct. He’s held a variety of positions since then including work as a school resource officer and a northside beat officer. He also has experience in internal affairs and property crime investigation. More recently, Arradondo served as inspector for the 1st Precinct, then deputy chief, chief of staff for the Police Department. 

Arradondo earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Metropolitan State University and his master’s degree in human services from Concordia University. He is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police in Boston and the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Arradondo is also a proud graduate of Minneapolis Roosevelt High School.

Published Aug 22, 2017

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