Mar 31, 2021 - News
Twins will keep Minneapolis cops at Target Field
Target Field
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Eight months after announcing plans to re-evaluate their relationship with the Minneapolis Police Department, the Minnesota Twins intend to bring off-duty officers back to Target Field this summer.

What they're saying: "The Minnesota Twins remain supportive of Chief Arradondo and Mayor Frey, and, with a belief in their continued efforts to create meaningful change that advances racial justice and equity, we are continuing our relationship with the Minneapolis Police Department for the 2021 season," a spokesman told Torey.

The backdrop: The Twins, like many professional sports teams, contract with off-duty cops for game day security.

  • But after George Floyd was killed, the team said it would make a decision for 2021 "based on authentic progress toward significant reform ... and/or a community-embraced public safety model."

What's next: For the duration of the Derek Chauvin trial, the team will contract with the Anoka County Sheriff's Office for security help during home games. After the verdict, work with "individual off-duty Minneapolis police officers" will resume.

  • Of note: A Twins job listing for a police officer notes that candidates "must not be under current investigation for criminal or major policy infractions, or under suspension or on leave."

This story first appeared in the Axios Twin Cities newsletter, designed to help readers get smarter, faster on the most consequential news unfolding in their own backyard.

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