Following the death of George Floyd, the City Council unanimously adopted a resolution in June 2020.
That resolution committed the City to a year-long Transforming Community Safety engagement process of:
- Gathering community input
- Conducting research
- Exploring opportunities to structural change to the community safety system in Minneapolis
The City’s goal is that Minneapolis' community safety system ensures safety for every member of the Minneapolis community. By exploring ways to improve our existing model, we can find opportunities to make it more responsive, more efficient and more effective for everyone.
The Transforming Community Safety engagement process focuses on three main areas:
- Alternatives to policing/police responses
- Public health-oriented violence prevention
- Law enforcement reforms or changes to protocols and practices.
|Alternatives to police responses||Public health-oriented violence prevention||Law enforcement reforms/changes to protocols and practices|
Recommendations will be informed by an extensive community engagement process. The process will also incorporate an analysis of existing models, programs, and practices.
Recommendations will focus on, but aren't limited to:
- Intermediate policy changes
- Investments and partnerships that support a public health approach to community safety
- Alternatives to policing strategies Research and engagement to inform the potential creation of a new Department of Community Safety
Community engagement principles
Community engagement is designed to be open to all community members who wish to participate.
It is guided by three principles:
Accessible: Engagement opportunities that are varied and designed to be accessible and meet people where they are.
Meaningful: The community feels that the dialogue has been meaningful and relevant, that it informs actions, and that their contributions are reflected in recommendations for new systems of community safety.
Inclusive: Engagement opportunities that reach the full and rich diversity of our City and center the voices of Black people, Native American people, People of Color, immigrants, victims of harm, and others who have been historically marginalized or underserved by our present system.