Strategic planning has increasingly become part of the organizational fiber of the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department (SLMPD). Over the past ten years its significance as part of the annual budgetary process has expanded considerably. It was the impetus behind the vision of a new public safety facility becoming a reality toward the latter part of 2003. Because of this foresight, the long-term facility needs of the SLMPD have been met for decades to come.
There was a pause in long-range planning while the SLMPD member cities came to terms over the formula used for funding annual operations. This point of contention persisted for several years and was ultimately settled through an arbitration process in 2006. This coincided with an amendment to the Joint Powers Agreement that bolstered the long-term stability of the SLMPD. This allowed the focus to shift back toward strategic planning.
At its meeting on January 17, 2007, the Coordinating Committee “kicked off” what has become an ongoing strategic planning process committed to the future interests of the SLMPD. The initiative intensified this year through the formation of a Strategic Planning Group with broad-based representation from the member cities. Input from other sources has also been incorporated into the process to provide additional perspectives.