My statement on MPD Acting Chief Medaria Arradondo, from our joint press conference on July 31, 2017.
Tomorrow, the City’s Executive Committee will take the first step in the process of confirming my nomination of Acting Chief Arradondo to serve as the City’s next Chief of Police. I nominated “Rondo” Arradondo because I believe MPD needs clear direction and forward thinking leadership right now. Minneapolis—residents and officers alike—deserve a strong, respected leader at MPD, to establish trust, direction, and a common sense of purpose throughout the Department.
I have asked a lot of the Department over the last few years—and they’ve delivered more progress toward a 21st century model of policing than any other city in the country. And going forward, my expectations remain high.
- I continue to expect MPD to work every day to reduce crime in Minneapolis, particularly violent crime, and especially gun crime
- One of the best ways we can do that is by building community trust—I expect MPD to continue the trend of keeping positive community engagement at the center of its work
- I expect to see stronger relationships with all Minneapolis communities, from leadership down to neighborhood officers
- I expect MPD to continue its thoughtful review of MPD policy regarding use of force, and to keep the sanctity of life at the heart of every police interaction
- I expect body camera policy to be ingrained in the training and the work of every officer, because our tools are only as effective as we allow them to be
- And I expect an MPD that works with the City, the Mayor’s office and the community as partners in our public safety
I’ve enjoyed working with “Rondo” for years, and have always admired his calm brand of leadership—we’ve all seen that particularly over the past few weeks. He’s been with the department for 28 years, and before that was a Minneapolis kid. Minneapolis neighborhoods, Minneapolis schools, and now the Minneapolis Police Department. He knows our great city well, and believes in its potential to be more than great, as I do.
He’s a skilled communicator who is respected inside and outside the Department. He’s got a long track record of building, lasting relationships in neighborhoods across the city, and has earned the kind of trust that only comes from honest, genuine engagement with communities. In a time when trust, relationships and communication are more important than ever, I can’t imagine a better choice for MPD than Acting Chief Arradondo.