Minneapolis approves $6.4M budget to recruit more police officers after ‘defund the police’ effort flops

The Minneapolis City Council voted Friday to approve a request from the Minneapolis Police Department for an additional funding budget of $6.4 million.

In June, the Minneapolis City Council approved a motion to abolish the city’s police force in a 12-0 vote, with a plan to replace the police with a “Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention.” It was in response to pressure following the death of George Floyd.

An unprecedented number of Minneapolis police officers quit or went on extended medical leave after Floyd’s death and the unrest that followed, which included the burning of a Minneapolis police precinct.

According to the Minneapolis Police Department, only 638 officers have been available to work, which is roughly 200 fewer than usual.

The new funding will be used to hire and train new officers. The city anticipates it will have 674 officers available by the end of the year, with another 28 in the hiring process.

According to Fox News, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said that the application process will be updated to include questions about whether applicants have lived in Minneapolis, have degrees in criminology, social work, psychology or counseling, and whether they volunteer or participate in programs such as the Police Activities League.

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