City to re-hire 15 police officers

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Police Chief Tim Dolan announced on Tuesday, Dec. 22, that 15 Minneapolis police officers who recently received lay-off notices will be back on the street in January.

The United States Department of Justice approved the City's application to modify a previously awarded COPS Hiring Recovery Program grant of federal stimulus dollars. The modification of this grant will allow the MPD to re-hire 13 officers as of January 1, 2010. Six of those officers had previously been serving in the Patrol Division of the MPD; the other seven graduated from the Police Academy last week.

Additionally, the City of Minneapolis Department of Regulatory Services has agreed to provide funding to allow the MPD to rehire two more officers from the pool of 25 officers whose last day was Dec. 22.  This funding is slotted to cover one officer who will work in conjunction with Regulatory Services personnel on problem properties and one officer who will work with Animal Control on enforcement issues.

In total, 15 of the 25 officers that received lay-off notices are being re-hired.

Published Dec. 22, 2009