Skip to comments.Community group proposes contract changes to help reverse MPD’s retention woes
Posted on 09/18/2023 7:11:03 PM PDT by matt04
At Monday’s Police and Government Oversight Committee meeting, members of Minneapolis For A Better Police Contract (MBPC) recommended changes within the Minneapolis Police Department’s labor agreements.
It includes putting a 50-hour-per-week cap on officers and eliminating the 25% threshold for sergeant staffing requirements.
“There’s no reason that you need one supervisor per four officers. That’s costly to the city because you pay sergeants more money, and it’s pulling officers off the street from patrol and from responding to calls,” said Chara Blanch, a member of MBPC.
Other recommendations include mandatory annual mental health screenings; returning the responsibility of discipline and termination back to the mayor rather than the police chief; and tougher eligibility requirements for field training officers by adding a definition of what a “good standing” officer means.
As of today, the police department has 585 sworn officers, the lowest in decades, according to the city. Four years ago, there were over 900 sworn officers.
“Ultimately, it is going to improve their working conditions, reduce their stress and hopefully, you know, retain those officers long-term as well,” Blanch said.
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A lot of these guys love overtime. Those officers will be pee-od if they are limited to 50 hours a week.
I don’t see anything in those proposals that will help retention.
Me neither. More like drive people away. No sane LEO would want to work in that city when the mayor threw the police dept under the bus.
In my department the joke was to ask a new lieutenant if it was painful when they scooped half of their brains out upon promotion.
There were exceptions. We had one lieutenant who started his career as plainclothes CID for the Army MP’s. If shit went sideways he was right in the middle of it along with his troops. Same thing with a friend of mine who had done 4 tours in the sandbox.
See your FReepmail.
“Other recommendations include mandatory annual mental health screenings; returning the responsibility of discipline and termination back to the mayor rather than the police chief; and tougher eligibility requirements for field training officers by adding a definition of what a “good standing” officer means.”
“Community group proposes contract changes to worsen MPD’s retention woes”
What a wonderful way to increase retention - by decreasing chances for promotion and reducing pay upgrades. That must be one heck of a thoughtful, well experienced community group coming up with these ideas. Then again, it is Minneapolis, birthplace of Defund The Police.
Exactly. Pretty much everything they proposed will decrease the chances of someone wants to even apply to the agency, to get say a years experience than lateral out to some smaller city/town, sheriffs department, etc.
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