Minneapolis Pitches $7,000 Police Payments As Effort To Boost Staffing With New Contract

Minneapolis has offered police officers $7,000 payments in an effort to “ensure adequate staffing” ahead of a court deadline to hire nearly 200 officers by this summer, according to documents released late Monday.

The city offered the payments — as well as raises and “market adjustments” — as part of a roughly $9 million deal with the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis. The agreement has support from Mayor Jacob Frey but requires City Council approval.

The council was scheduled to discuss the tentative agreement Monday afternoon — before the new documents were released — but decided instead to take until March 22 to review it. Members said they wanted to better understand the terms of the deal and give residents a chance to share their thoughts on it.

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