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  • Officer exodus? Claims exist that as many as 200 officers are leaving or claiming disability. Yet as of 8/21 officials still claim 856 officers employed .
  • Chief Rondo's request for 1300 officers by 2025 is a big outlier
  • The reported peak number of officers was 916 in 2008
  • Officers responding to 911 calls: 531

How many serve? How many patrol?

It's not an easy question to answer. The number of sworn officers is not the same as the number of officers who patrol or respond to 911 calls. The sworn officers number is typically lower than the budgeted number. Especially amidst reports of officers taking leave, claiming disability, quitting the department: it's hard to get a clear picture of how many officers Minneapolis pays and what they do.

The data points keep piling up, without a clear and consistent picture of how many officers are actually working day to day in the department. Who to believe: city sources, or lawyers for groups of officers threatening that 100 or 200 officers are quitting/claiming disability? This dynamic is clearly an important factor in the Mayor's 2021 budget proposal, wherein MPD budget cuts primarily take the shape of deciding not to fill positions that have been vacated by the officers themselves.

A source tells me that there were 800 sworn officers at the end of July, which casts some doubt on some of the disability-claim-related lower numbers reported in August (650, for example). Still, MPR had the number at 750 in early October.

2021 Projection

Chief Rondo's presentation (based on the Mayor's proposed 2021 budget) projects how many sworn officers are expected to serve throughout 2021 if the budget passes. On page 18 (pdf) it includes this graph:

Chief Rondo sworn officers projection through 2021

This projection amounts to a significant reduction of officers, apparently all of it due to attrition: officers taking leave or otherwise walking away from the job. Rondo was quoted saying "Maintaining target staffing levels will be challenging due to significant and unpredictable attrition."

  • 2025 Rondo Plan (submitted Fall 2019) #1
  • Fall 2020 #1
  • Summer 2020 #1 #2 #3 800/July 30 comes direct from a source
  • 2020 Adopted Budget #1
  • Fall 2019 #1 #2
  • 2016 aggregated from payroll data (including: Police Commander-C (8), Police Inspector-C (5), Police Lieutenant-C (45), Police Sergeant-C (203), Police Officer-C (548), Police Cadet-C (23), Police Officer b-C (59) Chief of Police-C, Assistant Chief of Police-C, Police Deputy Chief Investgn-C, Police Deputy Chief of Staff-C (4))
  • 2008 #1