This is a pivotal time in Minneapolis. The City of Minneapolis is rapidly changing, evolving into a more diverse community. As budgets are being slashed on state and local levels, those most in need are feeling the effects of fewer services and our city is faced with significant challenges. This is a pivotal time in Minneapolis. The City of Minneapolis is rapidly changing, evolving into a more diverse community. As budgets are being slashed on state and local levels, those most in need are feeling the effects of fewer services and our city is faced with significant challenges.
People of color throughout Minneapolis continue to cry for improved police-community relations. Mayor RT Rybak recently announced the selection of Chief William McManus to lead the Minneapolis Police Department. Going against the wishes of the powerful Police Federation, Mayor Rybak choose a strong, progressive leader with proven ability to move a police department and work well with all communities. This decision took courage and now other city officials must step up and do the same.
The Minneapolis Police Department needs proactive leadership; an individual committed to tackling police-community relations, which can be difficult; leadership committed to diversifying the police department, and willingness to move Minneapolis towards a successful community policing model, connecting all citizens to the Minneapolis Police Department. Chief McManus fits this criteria.
As Chief of the Dayton Police Department, McManus provided strong leadership, he moved the police department forward, drew the department closer to the community and tackled racial profiling head on; all of this while significantly reducing violent crime. In a short amount of time, McManus diversified an all Caucasian command staff and successfully implemented a fully integrated community policing model. He started crisis intervention training for the entire department, which provided officers with alternative means during encounters with persons who are mentally ill or high on drugs. McManus raised the bar for departmental accountability and professionalism.
All citizens should feel safe and secure, connected and trustful of law enforcement. While Chief in Dayton, McManus made great strides in gaining public trust and significantly reduced crime. Minneapolis deserves nothing less.
Chief McManus is enormously qualified. His leadership will be an asset to the City of Minneapolis and will help move the city forward; something we should all agree on. We strongly encourage the swift appointment of Chief McManus. It’s imperative that we wisely use our energy and resources for creating a better Minneapolis for all citizens.