Medaria Arradondo will take over command of the First Precinct of the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) on Nov. 4.
Arradondo is a lifelong Minneapolis resident and 24-year veteran of the MPD. He is coming to the First Precinct after serving as Commander of Internal Affairs for the last year.
The First Precinct contains Downtown and its surrounding neighborhoods – North Loop, Loring Park, Elliot Park and Cedar-Riverside.
“Downtown, and the First Precinct is kind of like its own city in many respects,” said Arradondo. “We’re the only precinct in the city where we’re encompassed with arts and entertainment, private and public schools, the corporate world, small businesses, fine dining, so I’m really excited to see the area continue to grow and thrive.”
Arradondo serves on the board of a variety of community organizations, including the State Council on Black Minnesotans; African American Men’s Project; Police Community Relations Council; and the National Alliance on Mental Illness – Minnesota Criminal Justice Project.
He replaces Inspector Bryan Schafer, who recently accepted a job as the Police Chief of Hastings, Minn.