A analysis staff will consider Brooklyn Park’s Police Division as town goals to maneuver its police reform work into 2021, the Metropolis Council determined at its Nov. 30 assembly.
“I applaud this effort, and I’m totally in assist of it,” stated Councilmember Wynfred Russell.
The $46,500 contract with Wilder Analysis directs the nonprofit group to deliver again knowledge on three areas of focus, and could possibly be used as a street map for future coverage reform choices.
First, the agency will conduct a qualitative evaluation of the police division utilizing research-based requirements for felony justice. This evaluation will observe the place the police division is succeeding in addition to areas for enchancment, notably almost about its impacts on residents of coloration.
As a part of this work, Wilder will develop a data-based scorecard and suggestions for continued enchancment.
For a second space of focus, Wilder will analyze the bigger Brooklyn Park group for systemic inequities, and report how these inequities affect legislation enforcement and public security.
Third, Wilder will conduct an evaluation of doubtless root causes of violence locally.
“I feel these three focus areas are proper on as a result of there are a variety of underlying causes that result in crime in our metropolis,” stated Councilmember Susan Pha. “I undoubtedly assist this.”
The preliminary choice to search for an outdoor company to guage the division got here after the Human Proper’s Fee and the Multicultural Advisory Committee started to draft a piece plan for police reform work following the officer-involved killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
9 analysis companies responded to town’s request for proposal concerning the examine. These 9 companies had been narrowed to 4, which had been then interviewed by a six-member committee with members from the Human Rights Fee, Multicultural Advisory Committee, the Police Division, and metropolis workers members.
The committee felt that Wilder Analysis demonstrated intensive expertise performing comparable evaluations, and that the lead analysis staff’s background in felony justice and public security made their proposal one of the best suited to town’s wants.
Outcomes from the examine are anticipated to be out there in March or April 2021.
Whereas Councilmember Mark Mata questioned why the examine wouldn’t focus extra particularly on points similar to psychological well being and dependancy, he stated he didn’t oppose the examine. Problems with police reform are as a lot a query of eradicating problematic officers from the power as different points, and the examine ought to concentrate on present police knowledge to find these officers, Mata stated.
“I’ve an issue that every thing is racial,” he stated.
Councilmembers Tonja West-Hafner and Lisa Jacobson each spoke favorably about Wilder’s earlier analysis work.
“I’m hoping the scorecard isn’t just a dashboard however somewhat one thing that may drive the work,” Jacobson stated.
With fairness work like town’s youth outreach program stymied by the COIVD-19 pandemic and community-police relations souring following Floyd’s dying, 2020 appears very completely different than earlier years, Mayor Jeff Lunde stated. He hopes the analysis can mirror each a pre-COVID time interval and the present state of affairs.
“I’m hopeful, I feel it’s the suitable step,” Lunde stated. “This an superior alternative to study.”
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