Don't expect to see mounted officers controlling crowds when downtown bars close or to call a neighborhood cop on a cell phone next year, Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan warned City Council members Monday as he outlined plans to trim more than $5 million in police spending.
If the council approves the plans later this month, the department will lose 26 civilian positions, 21 crime prevention specialists, the mounted patrol and the police activity league. The chaplain corps, which works at tense crime scenes and notifies families when a loved one has died, is also on the chopping block. Even the employee assistance program will be a bare bones operation.
Antwan Whitlock, 35, of Union Township, allegedly slashed an officer with a knife in late December, officials said. He was later hit with a Taser and stabbed himself in the chest, although he was not hit when officers fired at him after the alleged knife attack, according to the state attorney general’s office.