August 18, 2017
Minneapolis, MN — Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), issued the following statement:
“The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) congratulates Medaria ‘Rondo’ Arradondo on his historic and unanimous approval as Minneapolis Police Chief today. Today’s vote by the Minneapolis City Council is well-deserved. Rondo becomes the first African American to serve as Chief of the Minneapolis Police Department.
“The JCRC serves as the official liaison between the Jewish community and local, state, and federal law enforcement. The JCRC has a long-standing partnership with the Minneapolis Police Department. MPD participates annually in the JCRC-led daytrip to Washington, D.C. to visit the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, sending police officers and civilians to learn about the history of the Holocaust and its important applications to contemporary society. In fact, Rondo has been one of the participants – an invaluable opportunity for him to experience firsthand the importance of the visit to the museum.
“Our trust in the partnership between MPD and the Jewish community informs our support of Rondo’s promotion to Chief. We believe that Rondo will make an outstanding Chief of Police in Minneapolis. We are confident that his excellent relationship with the Jewish community is paralleled by his relationship with the many communities that comprise the diversity of the City of Minneapolis. We look forward to our continued work with Rondo.”
The JCRC… the public affairs voice of the Jewish community fighting anti-Semitism and prejudice, promoting tolerance and social justice, and representing Jews, individually and collectively, here and abroad.