Mpls. Police Unveil New Program To Connect To Community

Mpls. Police Unveil New Program To Connect To Community

Minneapolis’ police chief said Thursday she’s enlisting the help of religious and cultural leaders to help the communication between different communities and police.

Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau announced the new Community Chaplain Program with 13 members at the Minneapolis City Hall Thursday morning.

Harteau said the department has been working to revamp this taxpayer-funded chaplain system for more than a year — adding that they wanted to make it more diverse and effective.

What will be different, starting now, is that the 13 chaplains will be divided up by precinct to have a more specialized area and they will also participate in police ride alongs and door knocking efforts.

Harteau said she doesn’t just want them there when something bad happens but before something bad happens and to be known in their precinct.

While some chaplains are returning members, others applied for the leadership role, which Harteau says was a selective process.

“We need to go back to when things happen, we need to look inside ourselves and also look to our faith and so this group of people I’m so blessed to have working with the Minneapolis Police Department to really work with our community, to make it better, and when something does happen we’ll be all the further on things we can learn from and things we can build on as a group,” Harteau said.

The chief says she will continue tracking the success of this program, based on feedback she receives in the community and by police officers — not necessarily how it translates in crime numbers.

This group is made up of volunteers who will receive a stipend for costs associated with the job. These are all very busy members in their communities and places of worship but they all want to devote more time to reaching outside their immediate congregations.



Source: WCCO


Posted Date:- September 18, 2014

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