St Cloud Community Policing Agreement
“Without this agreement, I think it would have been difficult,” Adjei said of the situation. When many entities and individuals come together, it is difficult to reach a solid agreement on certain issues, especially when it comes to the safety of our friends and families. Difficult issues such as immigration and fair/impartial policing required many meetings to get through. In some cases, either the police or the community had to respond to our ideals to meet in the middle. The only area in which we have not reached a full agreement is how police interacts with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). Discussions focused on the perspectives of the SCPD, supporters of the immigrant community and participants with legal experience and training. The group agreed to review this part of the agreement at the first annual review in January 2019. Mohamed said he had been reading, tracking and recording incidents between his community and the police for a long time, and that they were limited. ST CLOUD – After a month of protests and calls for police reform across the country, local leaders believe a community policing agreement and relationships that have been established for more than a decade have helped them cope with community work. Mohamed said that community members have had a long discussion with the police, and from his experience, most of the community he works with feel comfortable talking to law enforcement. Mamady Traore of Sauk Rapids, who watched her 14-year-old son, Ismael, during last week`s match, said it was more important than ever to involve the police in the community. After the signing, the community team will take a well-deserved break! (A special thank you goes to Pastor Alberts of the Higher Fundamental Church, who led each congregation.) We plan to meet again in January 2019 to review the agreement that will be concluded once a year.
We have also agreed, when something appears in our Community, to meet, if we consider it necessary. The work we did together last year has created a foundation of trust in Saint-Cloud that will change the lives of everyone in this city – and we are grateful for that. The only change to this year`s agreement is that the SROs are now classified in the Community Engagement division. SROs have been schools in St. Cloud since 1992. For Albert, working with the community is an important aspect to make it work. Groups from across the community have joined forces with the police to better serve the community. While the agreement is documented on paper, Community leaders say that the most important part is the work devoted to building relationships. “Does everyone feel the benefits of the police agreement? Absolutely,” Alberts said. Believing or assuming that an agreement would work anywhere is probably the first mistake of an aborted agreement,” Alberts said. The Police Fairness and Impartiality Section indicates that the department will develop and implement evidence-based strategies for impartial policing, assess the performance of its staff, conduct fair and impartial police training, and conduct staff recruitment work that constitutes a level of diversity in the community that covers them.