Wyoming PD sparks reaction with 'defund the police' Twitter quip

The police department made the comment in a post about a missing dog.
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The police department in Wyoming, Minnesota, has come in for some criticism over a tweet it posted that reference the movement to "defund the police" in the wake of George Floyd's killing in Minneapolis.

The department, which has built up a following of 39,000 people on Twitter because of its informal takes on policing in the city north of the metro area, made the quip in an appeal to find the owner of a dog who had been taken into the care of officers.

"We regret to inform the public at this time due to talk of defunding police We are unable to take on a K9 partner at this time," it posted.

"If you know where the listed address is we would love to return them to the owner," it added.

But the tweet, which was retweeted more than 100 times, didn't go over well with some of its followers, who responded by suggesting the department was making light of the movement calling for greater change and accountability within the police in the wake of George Floyd's death.

Here's a few examples of the responses it received:

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The efforts by Minneapolis City Council to push ahead with plans attempting to dismantle the current police department and replace it with a new public safety strategy – which will still include some peace officers – has sparked much debate and controversy since it was announced in the wake of Floyd's death.

The wider "defund the police" movement doesn't focus so much on dismantling police, but stopping the alleged "overfunding" of police departments, calling for the re-allocation of some of the funding to other areas of need, and limiting the circumstances in which armed police officers are called out.

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BMTN asked Wyoming PD why it included the "defund the police" comment and asked it to respond to the reaction it received. This is what it said:

"Our primary mission is to serve our community and provide a vast variety of services to our residents, one of which is animal control. Reuniting a lost or found animal with their owner is an important part of providing that service, and the intent of the post. Our residents regularly share our lost and found animal postings on social media, which is exceptionally effective in the reunification process and we thank them for their help.

"We certainly saw a variety of opinions expressed relative to the approval of the post and we appreciate and respect people’s differences and right to express those opinions. As much as there is criticism against the policing profession, there is also a lot of support for the important work officers do on behalf of our communities."

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