Pathways to Policing recognized
The Bloomington Police Department was recently recognized for its efforts to bring more diversity to the department. The League of Minnesota Cities awarded the cities of Bloomington and St. Louis Park the 2018 City of Excellence Award at its annual conference for their joint Pathways to Policing program.
In 2017, Bloomington and St. Louis Park were experiencing a reduced number of police officer applications and saw an opportunity to work together. What came next was a program designed to recruit more applicants and attract more people of color and nontraditional candidates. The initiative won this year’s “Promoting Leadership and Career Opportunities in City Government” award.
During the 2017 legislative session, the state appropriated money to help agencies offset program costs. The City plans to hire more officers through Pathways to Policing in 2018.