After months of trashing their own police, the Minneapolis City Council is putting out the welcome mat for other departments to help deal with rising crime.
But despite Friday’s vote to spend almost $500,000 through contracts with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and Metro Transit police, there’s not exactly a rush for send officers into the troubled streets of the city.
Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson did not exactly bubble with enthusiasm when he told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune his reaction to the news, talking about logistics, hours and rates of reimbursement
“We have to have some sort of agreement. There’s so much stuff to happen before we can commit,” he said. “But, again, I’m open to helping anybody within the county, any agency that needs help.”
Metro Transit police “do not have capacity to provide additional resources to the Minneapolis Police Department,” according to a statement from Terri Dresen, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Council.
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