4th Ward Report: Special Edition – Crime and Safety Update

Crime & Safety Update from Council President Barbara Johnson

4th Ward Report from Council President Barbara Johnson

July 23, 2015

Contact Information

Council President Barbara Johnson
350 S. 5th St.
City Hall, Room 307
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Jennifer White, Senior Policy Aide

Dawn Snow, Associate


Shingle Creek
Willard Hay

Crime and Safety Update

Crime and safety issues affect everyone in the community. We often times do not see all of the efforts of our law enforcement agencies who are working around the clock to respond to as well as to prevent crime. This can include plain clothes officers working undercover and special surveillance teams in addition to uniformed officers we see on the streets. There are various ongoing initiatives we think are important to share with the community.

Overall aggravated assaults are up 7.04% (YTD) which includes a 12.74% increase in domestic aggravated assaults. Gang activity is an additional concern. What is being done? Multi-jurisdictional approaches to curb violent crime and respond to the concerns of our community include:

·        Focus zones where saturation is taking place (Lowry to 35th Ave N/Bryant to James Ave N, Broadway to 26th Ave N/Lyndale to Penn Ave, 11th Ave N to 16th Ave N/Girard to Oliver, Glenwood and Penn Ave).

·        Street Sergeants, Directed Patrol Sergeants, Neighborhood Directed Patrol Sergeants and Community Response Team Sergeants are coordinating the allocation of officer resources in these areas to address gun violence hotspots. Their teams are inundating these areas with a highly visible presence. The number of directed patrol officers has increased in the 4th Precinct this summer.

§  JET TEAMS (Joint Enforcement Teams)
The MPD is teaming up with public safety partners to specifically target gun violence. Three MPD officers, a Metro Transit Officer, a Hennepin County Sheriff Deputy, a MN State Trooper plus an additional probation officer patrol the Northside on Friday and Saturday nights.

§  GIT (Gang Interdiction Team)
GIT was launched on June 1 of this year. Five officers and one sergeant are tasked with disrupting and diffusing gang violence. They’ve recovered guns, followed up with shooting victims, responded to more than 200 calls and have gathered important intel into gangs. They are also meeting with MPD patrol officers and community leaders in their efforts to “disrupt and diffuse.”

§  NIBIN/Shot Spotter (National Integrated Ballistic Information Network)
We have been systematically responding to Shot Spotter calls in a way we didn’t at this time last year. That response, when no one is hit by gun fire, but Shot Spotter is activated, includes a follow up visit from officers dedicated to that task. They have been door knocking affected neighborhoods in an effort to solicit information about who may be involved in the gun violence as well as to establish positive connections within communities hardest hit by gun violence. This effort has resulted in information directly tied to Weapons Unit investigations and Assault Unit cases. Regular meetings with SIC, Weapons, ATF, and others have resulted in a more consistent response to hit information and successful resolution to some assault, homicide, and robbery cases.

§  Safe Streets has remained focused on gang activity in the 4th Precinct. A long term investigation into the YNT gang has thus far resulted in federal indictments of 9 members and a number of additional efforts are ongoing. Safe Streets has recovered 24 firearms during the course of their investigations, an increase of 33% from last year.  They have charged 34 people in state court and an additional person in federal court. Footbeats are also up 66% in the 4th Precinct and officers are focused on having an increase in positive contacts with residents to build public trust and encourage more proactive public cooperation with the MPD.

The Minneapolis Police Department will continue to be aggressive and relentless as they search for the people who are hurting and killing our neighbors, affecting the quality of life and safety for everyone. Our law enforcement partners will continue to put every available resource out on the streets in an effort to avert future acts of violence. The community is encouraged to continue to be diligent in reporting and calling 911 whenever suspicious or criminal activity is witnessed. Calls and reports from the community aid our officers in being the eyes and ears on the street to help law enforcement work better. It is a joint effort on behalf of our community, law enforcement officials, and our community leaders to improve the safety for everyone – this work cannot be done without your help and we thank you for your continued partnership and commitment to the Northside.