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A message from St. Louis Park Police Chief Mike Harcey

Post Date:June 05, 2020 3:00 p.m.

Since the horrific and appalling death of George Floyd, I’ve been contacted by many community members asking about our policing model and calling for change.

While I could provide a lengthy list of the many, many actions our police department has taken over decades to ensure that we are a community-based police department, now is not the time to talk about everything we’ve done. Now is the time to listen to those we serve. Now is the time to consider how we all move forward together with a model that will treat those we serve with equity, dignity and compassion.

It’s not easy for those of us who are dedicated to the policing profession to hear, but it’s true that there has been a history of injustices in policing. It’s clear there have been many examples of how policing is failing people of color. I hope we can all look back on 2020 as the year we reached a tipping point to make dramatic change in policing, our communities and our country to dismantle systemic racism. The St. Louis Park Police Department is dedicated to being part of that change.

We are committed to partnerships with our community, to transparency, to fundamental fairness, to treating everyone with respect and dignity and to providing a voice to the community. We realize we must do more. We look forward to conversations with those we serve. In the meantime, you can read more about the wide range of the work we do for the community we serve.

If you wish to provide comments or feedback, email info@stlouispark.org or call 952.924.2600. We look forward to hearing from you.