Minneapolis is scrambling to draft in cops from outside the city’s force to help fight a wave of violent crime just months after it began moves to defund its police.
The city is pleading for reinforcements from the sheriff’s office and the transit authority to help respond to a surge in violent 911 calls.
It comes after dozens of officers quit the force in protest at a $1million budget cut and promises from city leaders to scrap the entire department following the death of George Floyd in May.
Since then, violent crime in the city has soared – with homicide, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, theft and arson all up on last year’s figures.
The proposal to fund the reinforcements – which will cost almost $500,000 – is due to be voted on by the City Council before going to the mayor approval, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
The teams could hit the streets as soon as November 15, and may be kept in place into next year.
Council Member Linea Palmisano told the Star Tribune: ‘We’re barely able to cover the shifts that we have.’