Outside Report Critiques Hermantown PD

By KBJR News 1

March 9, 2011 Updated Mar 9, 2011 at 7:37 PM CDT

Hermantown, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The Hermantown police department has recently been suffering under a severe lack of direction, according to an independent analysis by a consulting firm.

The Upper Midwest Community Policing Institute report says communication within the department had become strained under former police chief Mike Anderson, leading to a divided workforce, and poor department morale.

City officials addressed those issues in their search for new a new police chief, and said one of the most important things was to get input from the community during the hiring process.

"The assessment process said that the community was very supportive of the police department," Hermantown city administrator John Mulder said, "but it also said they wanted the department and the new police chief to be more involved and active in the community."

James Crace was hired last week as Hermantown's new chief of police.

City officials are hopeful that as he begins work, the department can change some of the weaknesses outlined in the analysis.

Posted by Zach Schneider