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Meanwhile, crime is on the rise as gunshots ring out nightly in the Twin Cities.

Kyle Hooten

July 21, 2021

The city of Minneapolis has been unable to meet minimum police staffing requirements amid a personnel crisis.

One day earlier this month, Minneapolis was only able to field four officers during the most busy time of day to patrol its entire Fourth Precinct — which covers the city’s notoriously violent north side. Minneapolis Police Federation head Sherral Schmidt explained to KSTP that this sort of understaffing is disturbingly common.

“In the Fourth Precinct, we fell below the 10-officer-per-shift minimum staffing on 23 of the last 28 scheduled days,” Schmidt told Jay Kolls. This means at almost any given time, police are not able to properly respond to more than one major incident.

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The reason for the ongoing staffing difficulties is simple: a precipitous drop in the overall number of officers serving with the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD). In May 2019, the MPD had 912 officers. As of June, it has just 699. This problem stretches beyond Minnesota, too. Nationwide, there has been a 45% increase in officer retirements, 18% increase in resignations and 5% decrease in hiring as compared to last year.

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