Minneapolis Police offer new tool to share feedback online

The Minneapolis Police Department has made it easier for the public to share feedback, both positive and negative, on police officers and the work they do. The department encourages people to use its new online option to share information on notable efforts by officers, as well as complaints of potential misconduct. Having this information allows the MPD to more accurately assess officer performance and make necessary changes more quickly.

This new online citizen report form is being introduced, along with squad cameras, supervisory oversight of pursuits and use of force reviews, to make the department more accountable and reduce injuries and associated costs to both officers and arrestees. Residents will be able to file their compliments or complaints at the new site.

Compliments for officers or department units for exceptional work will go to the Office of the Chief of Police and be placed in their permanent personnel file and could even result in an award from the Chief. Police administration will use this information to reinforce good police work and to commend the officers.

Complaints will be directed to either the Minneapolis Police Department’s Internal Affairs Unit or the Minneapolis Civil Rights Civilian Police Review Authority for investigation and possible action as justified. The online tool allows Web visitors to file complaints with either of those offices.

Published Mar 29, 2009