Chief John Harrington and Carol LaFleur on FIRST PERSON RADIO 8/30/17

Join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday August 30, 2017 at 1 pm as she talks with Chief John Harrington and Carol LaFleur about metro transit police outreach and coordination at Native events and bringing employment opportunities from Metro transit to community members.
 
John Harrington was appointed to serve as the Metro Transit Chief of Police for the Twin Cities area in 2012. He served as a Minnesota State Senator from the east side of St. Paul for the redistricting biennium ending in 2012. During his tenure as a State Senator, John served on the Public Safety and Judiciary, the E-12 Education, the Local Government, and the Senate Ethics Committees. He was named the 39th Police Chief for the City of St. Paul. He began his police career in 1977. As St. Paul Police Chief, he tackled some of the city’s more difficult problems, including domestic violence and gang violence. He increased the diversity of the police department by 40 percent and he helped found the Police Foundation and Shop with Cops.

He attended DeLaSalle High School in Chicage and earned a BA from Dartmouth College. He earned an MA in Education from St. Thomas and graduated from the FBI National Academy, 201st Session. 

John is on the faculty at Metropolitan State University sine 1986, teaching Community Oriented Policing and Gangs.

John serves on Metro State University board, the Minnesota Humanities Commission, the Red Cross and Zulu District of the Boy Scouts. He also helped launch Ujamaa Place: a non profit that works with African American men to transition the out of prison and gangs into productive lives in the community.

Carol LaFleur is an Associate Community Outreach Coordinator for Metro Transit Police Department. She shares information with communities of color about employment opportunities with Metro Transit, such as law enforcement, mechanic technicians, bus operators, construction, and college internships.

Carol builds and maintains relationships between Metro Transit Police and the Twin Cities’ Native American community. She attends meetings and promotes events that help Native Americans develop positive and healthy relationships with Metro Transit Police Officers. Carol has participated in the following events: Elders Picnic, Elders Holiday Meal, Pow Wows, Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors Meetings, Urban Indian Advisory Board, and Cooking and Baseball with cops. 

Carol has Criminal Justice degrees from North Hennepin Community College and Metropolitan State University. Carol has spoken many times about her passion for her community, and the struggles she faced in exploring and understanding her own Native American heritage.