The Minneapolis City Council Monday approved a series of cuts to the Police Department budget that Mayor Jacob Frey says he may veto if it moves forward.
The cuts are part of a proposal introduced late last month by members of the council, which takes $7.7 million from the Police Department’s budget to fund other public safety programs and initiatives, Minnesota Public Radio reports.
The money will pay for the expansion of the Office of Violence Prevention within the city’s Health Department. And the plan moves more than a dozen civilian crime prevention specialist positions out of the Police Department and into another city agency.
The council also approved reducing the authorized size of the force from 888 to 750.