MPD 2.0 brings increased focus on professional standards, accountability and service
Over the course of two days, nearly 1,000 Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) personnel attended one of two “all hands” meetings that outlined the department’s increased focus on training, professional standards and professional development.
All MPD sworn and civilian personnel were required to attend one of the two half-day sessions, which were held Feb. 5 and 6 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Never done before, last week’s meetings were a unique opportunity for all MPD personnel to hear the specifics – directly and collectively – about the department’s new level of accountability and professionalism.
Meeting topics and presenters:
- Chief Janeé Harteau laid out her vision for the department and her expectations around professionalism, accountability, transparency and excellence. Since being named the police chief in 2012, Harteau has spent time in every precinct and on every shift to lay out her commitment to exceptional service and her expectations for the entire police department. Chief Harteau told officers that she expects officers to operate by a single guiding principle: "Did my actions reflect how I would expect a family member to be treated?"
- Assistant Chief Matt Clark emphasized the importance of quality service to city residents and detailed how unit supervisors will track goals and performance.
- Deputy Chief Eddie Frizell highlighted fundamental procedural and safety standards for patrol operations.
- Deputy Chief Kris Arneson presented the changes in the Criminal Investigation Bureau and how the new Violent Crimes Division and Special Crimes Division will have more integration with the Patrol Bureau.
- Deputy Chief Travis Glampe focused on how department members can be a part of improving the department’s oversight and overall transparency.
- Commander Lucy Gerold outlined the units within the new Leadership and Organizational Development Division, which will focus on training, mentorship and professional development. She explained how these units will be an integral part of every the department’s vision and focus.
Department employees left the course knowing the direction of the department, how the department will focus on core values and goals, and how they will be a part of moving forward.
The meetings were held at no additional cost to the department, fitting into the existing MPD training budget. Normal police patrols, 911 response and all other MPD functions continued normally during these sessions.
Published Feb. 13, 2013