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MPD looking for ‘a whole new breed of officer’


Chief Janee Harteau expects cops to form relationships in the community

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau says she wants a “values-driven department,” which includes improving relations and restoring trust and integrity. Commitment, integrity and transparency are three things Harteau says she has emphasized in department-wide meetings since taking over last December. “We have many values in this department, but the key ones are those three things,” noted the city’s first female police chief, a 26-year veteran police officer who joined the force in 1987. “I’m getting out in the community as much as I can,” said Harteau last week at a regularly scheduled monthly community meeting held by City Council Member Elizabeth Glidden at Turtle Bread in South Minneapolis. “We all want respect, and I am here trying to earn your respect. Continue Reading →

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Sgt. Pat King moves across the street — Law enforcement officer moves to Henn. Co. sheriff’s department


Last week there was a lot of surprise and concern in law enforcement circles regarding how this new chapter in Cowboy King’s history could take place: being transferred to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department’s Violent Offender Task Force (VOTF), especially in light of his having taken personal credit for destroying the Black Police Officers Association and destroying the career of fellow officers (see my August 29, 2007 column and December 14, 2007 blog essay). In the transfer, public officials again put fellow officials’ career survival/pensions ahead of their sworn oaths to do their duties in terms of public safety. Sgt. Pat King should minimally be censured, not celebrated. In the court transcript of a couple of months ago (I attended every day of that trial), he slandered a significant number of well-respected officers as “scum of the earth.”

Besides the transcript, see my columns of February 22 and May 30, 2012. Continue Reading →

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MPD Chief Dolan hits back—Attempts by subordinates and the Civil Rights Department to oust him fail



It is clear that Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) Chief Tim Dolan has known that many of the recommendations coming from the Civilian Review Authority (CRA) were based on incompetence and dishonesty. So when an incompetent and dishonest recommendation was made to terminate two officers of color, the chief dug in and not only refused to fire the officers, but also reinstated them to duty. The action of reinstatement has revealed a significant and politically charged rift inside the top command of the MPD, along with an equally serious rift between the chief and his boss, Mayor R.T. Rybak. Contributing to the rift was the act of Assistant Chief Janee Harteau and Deputy Chief Scott Gerlicher when they terminated the two officers of color without proper consultation with the chief. Other actions include the leaking of the fact of the rift as reported in a December 19, 2011 article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Continue Reading →

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