Hodges’ requested to add 15 police officers to the city force and training in crisis-intervention, implicit bias and procedural justice. She also proposed the Collaborative Public Safety Strategies program which set aside $500,000 for community driven public safety strategies in the Little Earth and West Broadway neighborhoods. Eleven groups won funding between the two neighborhoods for projects like mentorship of young women and creating mosaics.
Source: Minnpost 12/9/16
“I have focused a lot of time with the chief on making sure we are building that police department for the 21st century,” she said. “It’s taking some time but we have made some progress,” she continued, citing body cameras; de-escalation policies; the new police guild contract (which gives the chief more discretion is assigning officers); the recent community service officer classes that are bringing more people of color into the police officer pipeline; as well as implicit bias and procedural justice training for all officers.
Source: Twin Cities Business, 4/11/17
The city government’s reaction — and Ms. Hodges’s role in [the response to the Fourth Precinct protest] — infuriated people on all sides. Activists were aghast that police officers had donned riot gear and used pepper spray. Police union leaders were angered that officers had not been permitted to clear the streets and arrest protesters who camped out for 18 days. The Justice Department later criticized her coordination with police officials.
Source: NY Times 7/10/17
As a City Council member, voted against replacing a civilian agency that investigates police misconduct with a new city office made up of police and civilians.
Source: City Council Proceedings, 9/21/12