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Falcon Heights Inclusion and Policing Task Force

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Charge:  To articulate, affirm and operationalize our values as a community to be inclusive and welcoming environment for residents and guests of Falcon Heights, with an emphasis on policing values, policies and procedures.                                                            

Task Force will review and make recommendations on:


  • Opportunities to strengthen inclusivity and recognize the importance of diversity.


  • Data collection;
  • Emerging and best practices on police policy, procedures, and technology focusing on use of force and policies that help build trust;
  • Police training, especially implicit bias and de-escalation training; and
  • Community-based policing strategies to strengthen links with residents and guests.

Role:  Advisory to the City Council.  The Task Force will provide recommendations to the City Council.  The Council will provide their final recommendations to the Police Chief.  The City Council will request a response from the Police Chief as needed and establish a timeline for a response. 


  • 6-8 monthly meetings, or as needed.
  • Taskforce recommendations to Council due no later than May 1, 2017.
  • The Task Force will sunset upon delivery of recommendations to the City Council.

Task Force Members:

  • Council Member Randy Gustafson, co-chair
  • Melanie Leehy, co-chair
  • Mayor Peter Lindstrom
  • Council Member Joe Brown Thunder (alternate for the Council)
  • Amy Johnson
  • Dan Johnson-Powers
  • Jay Colond
  • Jim Ballentine
  • Kay Andrews
  • Peter Demerath
  • Michael Wade
  • Kate Thompson
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