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Michael Goldstein

Plymouth Police Department
Police Chief and Public Safety Director
Last fall, I received an email from a resident who asked a poignant question about how our officers interact with the community. More specifically, the resident wanted to know about our department's training and what guarantees I could offer her family to ensure they would not fall victim to unnecessary force. Plainly, how can they avoid being shot?

When I received this email, the media was saturated with stories about police use of force and the divide across America between race and law enforcement. It was not surprising that a resident would want to know how her local police department fit into the national discussion. So I invited the resident to meet with me – and thankfully, she accepted, which allowed us to start an ongoing dialogue.


In 1990, Mike started his formal career as a police officer with the City of Plymouth. In
2004, after ascending through the ranks, Mike was appointed to Chief of Police and to
Emergency Management Director for the City of Plymouth. In 2015, Mike was appointed to
Director of Public Safety for the City where he leads both the police and fire departments.
Mike is the President for the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association, is a past President for
the Hennepin County Police Chiefs Association and participates in several other law
enforcement-related committees including: the State of Minnesota’s Violent Crime and
Coordinating Council (past Chair); the Twin Cities Security Partnership Board of Directors;
IACP’s State Association of Chiefs of Police (SACOP), state representative; and the Federal
Bureau of Investigation’s Joint Terrorism Task Force Executive Board.
Mike is also on the Board of Directors for three non-profits: Public Safety Ministries
Incorporated, Boy Scouts of America’s Northern Star Council and Missions Incorporated.
Mike has a Master of Arts Degree in Public Safety Education and Administration and a
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice both from the University of St. Thomas.
Mike is a course graduate of the Northwestern University Traffic Institute’s: School of Police
Staff and Command; the Police Executive Research Forum’s: Senior Management Institute
for Police; the Wilder Foundation’s: Shannon Leadership Institute; IACP’s: Leadership in
Police Organizations; and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s: Law Enforcement Executive
Development Seminar.
Mike is an adjunct faculty member at the University of St. Thomas.

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, May 3

1:00pm CDT