Minneapolis police chief reiterates desire for department to grow to 1,000 officers, despite resistance

The long-running debate over how many police officers a city the size of Minneapolis needs has heated up, with Police Chief Medaria Arradondo again asking for more officers to account for population growth.

Speaking at a public meeting earlier this year, Arradondo emphasized the need to increase police staffing at a time when law enforcement agencies are increasingly being asked to address issues arising from social conditions like poverty, inadequate housing and isolation. He repeated his desire to raise the department’s allotted strength from 888 sworn officers to 1,000 as the city continues to grow.

Read full article by Libor Jany for the Star Tribune.