Council approves police reform measures in Brooklyn Center

Brooklyn Center’s City Council on Monday approved police reform measures that were part of the 2022 city budget.

The council unanimously passed the measures, which include creating a new Department of Community and Violence Prevention to oversee the police and fire departments.

The measures also create a civilian traffic enforcement unit for certain traffic violations and a unit specifically for mental health calls.

To help fund the reform plan, the city won’t fill three vacant police officer positions for the coming year, which the city manager says will save over $300,000.