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Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey likely to get more police officers than proposed

Updated: December 09, 2019 10:09 PM

In the end, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey will likely get more police officers in the 2020 budget than he originally proposed to the City Council months ago.

Frey asked the City Council to fund 14 new police officers, but last Friday he and council members traded amendments, giving Frey an additional police cadet recruiting class next year.

"Normally, we have two recruiting classes graduate each year," Frey said.  "But this year will have three, and we are also committing more money to community-based crime prevention."

Mayor Frey, council members amend Minneapolis police budget; look to add recruit class

With three recruiting classes, instead of two, Frey will likely see more than 20 new officers on the streets in 2020. It will also help cover lost personnel due to attrition.

When 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS asked Frey if there is a possibility he could get nearly double the 14 officers he proposed, the mayor responded, "potentially."

Mayor Frey's budget calls for far fewer officers than MPD requested

City Council President Lisa Bender, told KSTP she supported the budget amendments because there was more commitment to community-based crime prevention.

"It's a more sustainable way to close staffing gaps and holds the total number of staffing to 888 officers," Bender said.  "And the amendments include more money for community-based violence prevention."

The City Council takes a final vote on next year's budget Wednesday night.

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