LETTER: Admiring St. Anthony PD

To the Editor:

Two years ago this week, the U.S. Department of Justice pulled its support for the Collaborative Reform Initiative Technical Assistance project in St. Anthony. This left many folks here deeply disappointed, including myself and St. Anthony Police Chief Jon Mangseth.

I have had the pleasure of working with the chief in several capacities. In 2016, I was appointed by the city to the police department’s Tri-City Body Camera Work Group. Through my participation, I developed a more formal relationship with the department. Ever since, individual officers — including the chief — have continued to share their time with me informally. 

In 2018, I had the opportunity to participate in a site visit to Northampton, Massachusetts, as a resident member of the department’s peer-to-peer site visit team. This visit was part of the CRI-TA program. I remember being struck by how eager Chief Mangseth and Sgt. Mike Huddle were for information and advice.

Since then, I have been a strong admirer of the St. Anthony Police Department and its leadership. At my invitation, the chief and Sgt. Huddle presented at Nativity Lutheran Church, reinforcing their commitment to building community relationships.

Importantly, the department did not lose momentum after the untimely end of the CRI-TA program. Instead, it continues to develop its community-oriented policing practices and commitment to St. Anthony. We are deeply fortunate to have the St. Anthony police and firefighters serving our community. 

Bernard Walker
St. Anthony City Council candidate

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