How The Minneapolis City Council Stopped A Mayoral Effort To Get $15 Million In Police Incentives 

The Minneapolis City Council on Friday voted down an effort by Mayor Jacob Frey to use more than $15 million on recruitment and retention incentives in exchange for reforms to the bidding process for open shifts.

During the special meeting called by the mayor, Frey and Minneapolis Police Department Chief Brian O’Hara argued the need for the funds to help replenish the city’s perpetually short-staffed department, which is down to about half of its authorized size. But despite the letter of agreement for the funds between Frey and the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis amid negotiations toward a new contract, council members questioned the mayor’s hasty effort to push the plan through, the effectiveness of the incentives and how the expenditure could hurt bargaining with the union giving less of an incentive to negotiate.

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