Harris focuses on public safety, progressive policing, and preventing gun violence
Pat Harris released his plan for progressive policing and improving community-police relations.
Early next week, he will release his initiative to address the gun violence uptick in Saint Paul.
Saint Paul – Today Pat Harris released four specific initiatives for improving community-police relationships throughout our city. As Mayor, Harris will continue moving community and police relations forward by:
- Facilitating police-community engagement and:
- Participating in monthly community meetings to engage our public safety leaders and the communities they serve.
- Supporting and expanding current community outreach efforts.
- Growing the diversity of the police force so it reflects the city it serves.
- Dedicating new training dollars specifically for:
- Intervention during mental health crises
- Conflict management and mediation
- Recognizing and valuing community diversity and cultural differences
- Implicit bias training for every peace officer and part-time peace officer
- Putting the best trained officers on the street by fully funding public safety budgets.
Harris issued the following statement:
“Public safety should be every public official’s top priority but it is also essential that every member of our community feels safe calling the police. That’s why I authored and passed the Sanctuary Cities ordinance as a council member and that’s why I’ll be a leader on community policing as Mayor.”
Pat Harris is set to release a comprehensive gun violence prevention initiative with specific policy proposals on October 3rd.