St. Paul Police Chief Axtell on police attrition, budget

A man in a police uniform looks off camera left and speaks into a mic.
St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell during a press conference inside of St. Paul Police Headquarters in September 2019.
Evan Frost | MPR News 2019

While Minneapolis debates what policing might look like there, this week the St. Paul City Council heard that city’s police chief make a case to hire more officers.

Chief Todd Axtell urged the council’s budget committee to add $3 million to what Mayor Melvin Carter has already proposed for the police force. The chief’s plea came just days after his officers responded to four homicides in 36 hours.

MPR News host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Axtell for more. Use the audio player above to listen to their conversation.

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