MPD Hiring Community Navigators To Address Mental Health Issues, Homelessness

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EVERYDAY MINNEAPOLIS POLICE OFFICERS ARE CALLED TO SITUATIONS THAT ARE NONCRIMINAL IN NATURE AND NOW THE DEPARTMENT IS LOOKING FOR COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO SERVE AS NAVIGATORS TO HELP PEOPLE FIND THE RESOURCES THEY NEED OUR RICH CHAPMAN SPOKE WITH THE CHIEF TODAY ABOUT HIS SEARCH FOR THESE COMMUNITY NAVIGATORS AND HE JOINS US NOW WITH HOW THIS PROGRAM IS SUPPOSED TO WORK RICH? Reporter: POLICE OFFICERS ARE OFTEN CALLED TO ISSUES OF HOMELESSNESS, POVERTY, AND MENTAL HEALTH THE POLICE DEPARTMENT BELIEVES THERE ARE PEOPLE IN THAT COMMUNITY THAT CAN RESPOND TO THOSE SITUATIONS BETTER THAN OFFICERS AND NOW THE DEPARTMENT WANTS TO PUT THEM ON THE PAYROLL

Reporter: HALF A MILLION A YEAR, THAT'S HOW MANY TIMES OFFICERS ARE CALLED FOR HELP BUT MANY OF THE CALLS ARE NONCRIMINAL AND INVOLVE THE MOST VULNERABLE IN OUR COMMUNITY WE WON'T BE ABLE TO ARREST THESE PROBLEMS AWAY NOR DO I AS CHIEF WANT TO SEE OUR DEPARTMENT IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM CRIMINALIZING SOME OF THESE CONDITIONS THAT AFFECT OUR CITY Reporter: CHIEF ARANDANDO WANTS TO MAKE SURE THOSE FACING HOMELESSNESS, POVERTY, AND MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES ARE GIVEN RESOURCES AND NOT JAIL TIME

WE CANNOT SOLVE ALL THESE ISSUES FACING OUR CITY AND THAT OFTENTIMES STRESS OUR CITY I KNOW AS CHIEF THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT HERE THAT CAN DO THIS WORK FAR BETTER THAN WE CAN BUT WE CAN WORK IN COLLABORATION TO REALLY HELP OUR CITY HEAL Reporter: THE CHIEF IS NOW LOOKING FOR COMMUNITY NAY GATORS THEIR JOB — — COMMUNITY NAVIGATORS

THEIR JOB TO HELP WITH SYSTEMIC PROBLEMS THEY WILL ACTUALLY BE A PART OF THOSE COMMUNITIES THAT THEY'RE SERVING THEY'LL BE ON THE GROUND THEY'LL BE WORKING WITH EVERYONE FROM SOCIAL SERVICE PROVIDERS TO WHETHER IT'S LOCAL SCHOOLS THEY WILL BE OUT THERE

THEY WILL REALLY HAVE A HANDS- ON IMPACT Reporter: THE COMMUNITY NAVIGATORS WILL ALSO ADDRESS THE ISSUES OF TRUST IN COMMUNITIES OF COLOR FOUR WILL BE HIRED THAT WILL WORK IN THE NATIVE AFRICAN AMERICAN, AFRICAN, AND LATINO COMMUNITIES Reporter: THERE'S A LOT OF INTERESTS IN THE POSITIONS AND ONLY FOUR POSITIONS ARE FUNDED, THE ONLY NEGATIVE

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