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January 4, 2019

Posted to City Manager Blog by Chad Bergo

Meetings and Announcements: The next City Council and Council Manager Workshop will be held on Monday, January 14th. Workshop will start at 6 pm and we will discuss the selection process for Council and Mayor Replacements. State of the City is Thursday, January 10th at 11 am to 1 pm at the MCC/YMCA. Joe is just finishing up Council members speeches. You should get those shortly. We have a full house on registrations. As of today, we have 125 signed up. Looking forward to this event. Watch for City Council packet and reports/process for the workshop. I have asked Ron and Andrea to work with me to make sure we have a clear cut path to determine the process for Mayor and Council seat appointments. It is our intent that you are well prepared for the discussion at the workshop and then the necessary actions at the Council meeting. Experienced Officials: 2019 Leadership Conference Various Dates & Locations in February Discover the keys to effective leadership as you learn how to use communication styles to build understanding and trust, discover tips to communicate clearly, and explore how you can effectively engage others to work better as a team. Plus, build connections with newly elected and experienced city officials. Save the Date! 2019 Legislative Conference for Cities February 20-21—St. Paul Your city has a voice! Join more than 150 city officials at the Capitol and make sure city priorities are heard. Just six weeks into the session, you'll hear updates on what's been happening so far, get tips on how to advocate effectively, and more! Please let Lois know if you would like to attend. Updates from Staff and Council: ADMINISTRATION 1475 Belmont-Zian Property Update The demolition of the Zian house will begin on January 10th. This is good news. Community Development Director update Mike and I have completed the review of applications for the Director position. We have scheduled the first round of interviews for January 8thand 9th. We will be interviewing 6 candidates. We are excited up the upcoming interviews. We are competing with Roseville and a couple of other communities so I hope we can find a great candidate and get someone hired quickly. You will hear more next week. Mike should have contacted you about completing my performance review on the Neo Gov system. Let Lois know if you need to come in and use a computer. Direct other questions to Mike. Thank you! Consultant Pool Interviews City staff is also holding interviews with 12 Planning and Engineering firms to create a consultant pool for a new term of 5 years. Interviews will also be held the week of January 7th. NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS https://www.twincities.com/2019/01/03/maplewood-vacancies-how-city-may-replace-mayor-council-member-up-in-the-air/ Reference: Nora Slawik, Tou Xiong, Andrea Sindt, Mike Funk, Ronald Batty, Bryan Smith, Marylee Abrams, Kathleen Juenemann This is a very brief FYI as we had many staff out on vacation or sick the last two weeks. Next week’s FYI will also be slim as I am in CD Director and Consultant interviews all week. See you at the State of the City on Thursday! Melinda
Feb 27

Maplewood Police Department – Ever Evolving, Always Serving

Posted to Council Account by Chad Bergo

It’s hard to imagine the days when the Maplewood PD consisted of a constable and a few deputies. As Maplewood grew from a conglomeration of villages into an incorporated city by 1957 to today’s fully developed suburb, city leaders have sought to change, refine and improve the system of services to meet the needs of a growing and diversified community.

This service evolution includes a professional public safety system, a full-service public works department, a business and environmental development department, and an envied park and trail system. It ensures the community maintains a high quality of life for everyone in a financially and operationally sustainable manner.

For example, Maplewood Police Department’s 52 sworn officers wear body cameras and well-equipped duty belts. A professional civilian staff keeps them informed in the field with state-of-the art records technology systems. Everyone, from those on the job a few weeks to the chief, have attended extensive, nation-leading training.

We can best understand and appreciate their dedication and level of service when we comprehend their mission, policies and plan of operation.

21st Century Policing
– Long before former President Barack Obama commissioned a task force and released a report on best practices in 21st Century Policing to build community trust, transparency and legitimacy, Maplewood PD had established and was practicing many tenants of the final report’s key pillars. New Public Safety Director Scott Nadeau is committed to building relationships with the community with programs such as Coffee with a Cop and outreach in our schools. The Maplewood Police department is committed to examining its records to ensure cultural bias isn’t influencing enforcement. It’s also striving to ensure training is relevant to what officers need to know in the field.

Police Department Strategic Plan 2018
– The police department recently completed its first strategic plan to ensure officers and command staff are meeting community expectations and are accountable for carrying out the plan. It emphasizes community-oriented and problem solving policing, building community relationships, better utilizing technology and implementing a health and wellness guidefor officers’ physical and mental fitness.
Analysis of 2017 Enforcement Action – Chief Nadeau recently released the department’s first comprehensive enforcement action report. When looking at discretionary arrests (where officers have the option to take enforcement action) and demographics, it suggests that officers are not exhibiting bias in their enforcement. It also identifies key demographic changes and highlights certain disparities in non-discretionary enforcement (where officers are mandated by statute or department policy to take an enforcement action). This latter finding highlights broader societal factors that need further exploration.

New Training Initiatives – The department is working to ensure officers’ training goes beyond the tactical mandates. One key training goal is to ensure officers are prepared for crisis intervention and de-escalation, especially when confronting someone struggling with mental illness.

To learn more about recent Maplewood Police Department goals, please visit their website. It is my hope that seeing this information will help us all to be aware of, and appreciate the dedication, values and accountability of the Maplewood Police Department.

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