Minneapolis City Council to discuss moving MPD 1st Precinct, police chief’s salary

At Thursday’s Minneapolis City Council meeting, members will discuss the potential relocation of the city’s first police station and a possible pay raise for the position of police chief.

The First Ward covers downtown Minneapolis, and the Ward building is currently located on Fourth Street near First Avenue.

There is a proposal to move the precinct about a mile south, near the convention center.

The current location lease expires in May 2024.

City officials say the building currently in use is 120 years old, adding that it is too small and functionally outdated.

If approved, the move would cost around $19 million.

Minneapolis City Council members are also expected to discuss a pay raise for the position of Minneapolis Police Chief.

Under the proposal, the salary cap would increase from the current $192,000 to $300,000.

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The increase is being considered after an outside consulting firm found cities similar in size to Minneapolis were offering more money to their police chiefs.

The proposal also comes as the city continues its search for a new permanent chief for the Minneapolis Police Department.