2 weeks after resigning, Janeé Harteau gets a national award

Former Minneapolis police chief gets career honor.

Yes, the mayor asked Janeé Harteau to resign as police chief a couple weeks ago, saying "she has lost the confidence of the people of Minneapolis." 

Some other people around the country are still pretty confident in her, though, because on Thursday Harteau was named the 2017 Woman Law Enforcement Executive of the Year, a post on her Facebook page shows.

The award honors her "extraordinary professional accomplishments ... over the course of her career." The National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives presented Harteau with the award at their annual conference in Kansas City Thursday. 

She was selected in May

The association selected Harteau as the winner of this year's award back in May. 

That was a couple months before Justine Damond, an unarmed woman who had called 911 to report a possible crime near her home, was shot to death by a Minneapolis police officer in an incident Harteau said should never have happened

Other people in City Hall were saying that, too, and it proved to be the last straw in Harteau's sometimes rocky relationship with Mayor Betsy Hodges.

Harteau, who spent 30 years with the Minneapolis Police Department (five of them as chief) agreed to resign effectively immediately on July 21.

Accolades behind the award

In honoring Harteau with their award, the group noted her rise from rookie patrol officer to a five-year stint as police chief. Harteau became the first woman to head the Minneapolis Police Department and was the city's first openly gay chief. 

The association applauded her "MPD 2.0" plan to transform the department through accountability, transparency, and professional development – saying it has gained international recognition as a model for 21st Century Policing

They also credited her recruitment efforts, including the creation of a Multi-Cultural Police Community Recruitment Team. They say today Minneapolis' police force is 22 percent people of color and 16 percent female, both of which are highs for the department.

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