Bill Peterson

First Precinct Inspector

Minneapolis Police Department

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Bill Peterson, the cop newly responsible for overseeing downtown Minneapolis, has worked in what seems like every area of the department—patrol, SWAT, investigator. By reputation he’s a solutions-oriented problem solver. Hired at MPD in 1995, he’s expected to be willing to speak the truth to downtown’s varied and noisy constituencies. Unlike many cops, Peterson lives in the city and is more personally invested in its well-being. His challenge in 2020 will be balancing perceptions of menace with the threat of real crime downtown, drawing the line between policing capability and social service, balancing limited resources and staffing with demands for more, more, more, and dealing with the high number of guns on the streets.