DMNA Supports Mayor Frey’s Proposal to Increase MPD Funding in FY2020

At their meeting on November 18, the DMNA Board approved submitting a letter to the Minneapolis City Council in support for Mayor Jacob Frey’s FY 2020 Budget proposal to increase funding for the Minneapolis Police Department.  The text of the letter is available below.


November 28, 2019

Minneapolis City Council
City Hall, Room 307
350 South Fifth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415

RE:       Support for Mayor Frey’s Budget Proposal for the MPD

Dear Minneapolis City Council Members:

I am writing to you on behalf of the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association Board of Directors regarding Mayor Jacob Frey’s FY2020 Budget.  The DMNA has reviewed and discussed Mayor Frey’s proposal to increase funding for the Minneapolis Police Department on several occasions over the past three months.  Mayor Frey also presented his plan to the neighborhood at our annual meeting this past October.

The DMNA is submitting this letter in support of Mayor Frey’s proposal to increase the MPD authorized force by at least 14 additional police officers in the 2020 budget.  Further, the DMNA strongly encourages the Mayor and Council, the MPD, and the Minneapolis Police Federation to collaborate in identifying and revising any staffing and assignment policies that might impede the best use of those new resources in addressing the highest public safety needs of the community.

If you have any questions about this letter, please feel free to contact me at christie@thedmna.org or by phone at 320-583-4573.

Sincerely,

Christie Rock Hantge
DMNA Neighborhood Coordinator

CC:
Mayor Jacob Frey
Darwin Forsyth, Office of the Mayor
Pam McCrea, DMNA Board Chair
Joe Tamburino, DMNA Board Chair (former)
Kevin Frazell, DMNA Vice Chair