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Community Policing for the 21st Century

When Scott Nadeau was hired in 2008 as the Columbia Heights police chief, he brought a new perspective to the community that borders northeast Minneapolis. His ideas had been shaped through his work as a beat officer in another Minneapolis suburb and his experience as a big brother for the Big Brother, Big Sister program.

As a young beat cop, Nadeau said it took him months to earn the trust of people in his assigned neighborhoods. He learned that many residents had “ajaded and inaccurate view of who the police were and what they sought to do.” That jaded outlook was similar for police officers, whose negative experiences through traffic stops and domestic disputes outweighed the positive…

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