Mpls. Police Emails Show Minority Recruitment Numbers 'Unacceptable'

Updated: 08/15/2014 7:35 AM
Created: 08/14/2014 8:23 PM
By: Jay Kolls

A string of emails obtained by 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS shows recruitment of minorities into the Community Service Officer (CSO) program is low in the Minneapolis Police Department. 

In one of the emails, MPD Chief Janee' Harteau calls the low recruitment numbers of minorities "unacceptable." Right now, of the 60 candidates for the CSO positions, only 30 percent were minorities.

The CSO program is considered a vital step in recruiting qualified people to eventually become MPD officers.

Not all of the recruits become officers, and that's why MPD makes the recruitment of a larger number of minorities a high priority. 

In another email, an MPD sergeant express regret at losing a Somali recruit who was very promising. The email says they "should have never let a young man like that get away." The recruit was hired by St. Paul Police.

MPD wants more of its patrol officers to better reflect the community they serve; Chief Harteau and others believe it makes for better police work on the streets.

Chief Harteau says she is working with the city's human resources staff to fix the problem, and she expects much better numbers for minority recruitment in the next 60 days.

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