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Friday, July 24, 2015

Contacting City Hall on Police and Race

In the wake of the Sandra Bland tragedy, I emailed my mayor and city council members yesterday with the following: “What are you doing to make sure the police racism problem does not extend to Plymouth?”

So far I’ve heard back with these...

From CM Jim Prom: Mike Goldstein [the Plymouth Police Chief]

From CM Jim Willis: First and foremost the hiring, training and supervision of our officers is designed to ensure that they are professional in their dealing with all persons irrespective of the nature of the contact.

Our police chief has a strong and well deserved reputation for his leadership of our police department.  He is diligent in monitoring and providing ongoing training for all his officers.

If any individual feels our police officers exhibit racist behavior they should immediately bring it to our attention in order that it can be evaluated. Thank you for your inquiry.

From Mayor Kelli Slavik: Thank you for your email. Plymouth has a well trained and highly professional police force, that begins with the leadership and follows through the ranks. I am confident in their ability to be fair and impartial and do their jobs properly. I am copying the police chief on my response.

I replied...

Thank you for getting back to me. I support policies along the lines of this CUAPB checklist: http://www.cuapb.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/CUAPB-List-of-31-Actions-for-Minneapolis.pdf


At Thu Jul 30, 04:26:00 PM CDT, Blogger Tom Cleland said...

Hello Tom.

As a new council member this past January I shared your concerns about being sure Plymouth does not experience the racism incidents that have been in the news.

Before I was sworn in as a council member, I went on a police ride along with a Plymouth police officer. It gave me the chance to hear and see first hand what the day-to-day duties and responsibilities of our officers are.

I also have met with Chief Goldstein and I can tell you he does a great job. He sets a good example as a leader and he has our police focus on providing top notch service to all of our residents and guests of the city.

In addition, as a new council member, I personally met with our Deputy Chief of Police and reviewed in detail our procedures for police involved shooting incidents. We have a good policy that protects all involved. A through, independent investigation is conducted in all incidents.

I hope this helps you have confidence in our police force. If you have further comments or questions please feel free to reach out to me.


Marge Beard | Council - Ward 3

At Mon Aug 10, 04:12:00 PM CDT, Blogger Tom Cleland said...

Mr. Cleland,

Thank you for your message and inquiry. It's my understanding that our Police Chief Goldstein has responded with Plymouth's policy in this area. Let me know if you need anything further. I appreciate your interest.

Ned Carroll
At-Large Council Member


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