Bill Kahn Minneapolis Law Enforcement by Metropolitan Police Force Posted at 3:44am, Feb 06, 2009
Spoofs, huh? How about this? With all the talk of efficiencies, eliminating city stuff like independent boards, accountability, and unloading all that pesky undeveloped park land that costs so much to maintain, I thought I would float another streamlining idea: combine the Minneapolis Police Department (Parks Police, too) and all Metropolitan county sheriffs departments (do away with all those pesky elected Sheriffs and hire a Metro Law Enforcement Czar) and have municipalities contract for their law enforcement services with a new consolidated Metropolitan Police Force formed either as a new component of the Met Council or as a stand alone entity. Unincorporated areas of the Metro would continue to get the same services from the Metro force as they did from the county sheriff. Different bargaining units would correspond with groups of peace officers fulfilling individual contracts and for the larger group policing unincorporated areas of the Metro; they would all deal with the Czar. I can't say I know the history, but I think a former mayor of St. Paul brought up the possibility of a similar notion in combining forces with Ramsey County Sheriffs office; it didn't go over all that well, but times are much worse now. Jurisdictional problems almost go away. Precinct boundaries can remain or things can spread out a bit. Maybe it's not a spoof. Given what Carol Becker has related about bonding authority needing to be provided by new statutes with abolition of the Board of Estimate and Taxation, we already need to get a bit of legislation passed; I think we should go for a whole lot of it. Let's get Jack his petty misdemeanor graffiti and a new Metro police force as well.