The City of Red Wing acknowledges that systemic racism and the bias of white privilege exists throughout society. We commit to identifying and eliminating that systemic racism throughout city government by working together as a community to improve policies and practices in every department over time so local government works well for everyone.
The City has dedicated itself to a multi-year project involving the public, City Council, City staff, and a diverse, community-based Advisory Team made up of 12 residents. The project identifies, examines, and improves policies and practices that may negatively affect residents, especially residents of color. The first phase of the project, from September 2020 to February 2022, focuses on public safety and policing. The Advisory Team will work with representatives of the police department and facilitator Dominique Johnson of the Center for Policing Equity. Recommendations will be brought forward to the City Council. Over time, each department and area of government will be examined for policy improvements.