I know, I’ve been joking about it on the blog and among friends, but let me explain how these things work, for this historical record.
Minneapolis PD may be gone but Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department is not. The Sheriff will pick up the slack and likely will hire the Minneapolis PD officers that it wants, to swap patches. Some will have too much negative paper and won’t get picked up.
Likely to be repainted with Sheriff’s colors.
In a federated system of government if Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department didn’t do the job, the Minnesota State Police would step in, and so forth. Likely there are talks behind the scenes for Minneapolis to become a contract city for the Sheriff’s Office.
In the interim, it’s likely that the sheriff has taken on major case investigations and emergency response calls in the city. Minneapolis PD had about 900 sworn officers, I have no idea how the Sheriff will manage the transition. It’s a big problem, but that’s how things work.
Policing in the City of Las Vegas and Clark County is handled by the sheriff, who runs the “Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department”. The County of Oahu, Hawaii is policed by the Honolulu Police Department. This sort of arrangement is by no means unique. However, with Minneapolis being in the mess that it is, there will likely be growing pains.