Police step up fight against violent crime
As weather gets warmer, violent crime tends to climb. The Police Department has prepared for an uptick and is responding throughout the city.
Below is a summary of police activity:
- Focus zones: Police are increasing patrols in areas of Minneapolis seeing spikes in gun violence. Along with enforcement, the highly visible presence of officers will help deter criminal activity.
- Weapons unit: Through July 15, the weapons unit has made 69 arrests following investigations and recovered 40 firearms. If this rate continues through the year, it will be a 33 percent increase in firearm recovery and a 53 percent increase in “proactive” arrests from 2014.
- Assault unit: As of July 15, investigators have charged 238 assault cases, a 47 percent increase from 2014.
- Shotspotter: Violent crimes often involve guns, and the MPD’s Shotspotter makes it possible to pinpoint gunshots in areas that are covered by the network. Even when there are no reports of injuries or damage, police have responded to all gunfire detected by Shotspotter this summer. This includes door-knocking in affected neighborhoods to gather leads on the people responsible and to expand connections between the police and residents in areas hardest hit by gun violence.
- Safe Streets: Minneapolis is part of the Twin Cities Safe Streets Violent Gang Task Force, which coordinates local investigative efforts with the FBI and other federal agencies. This year, Safe Streets has resulted in a 29 percent increase in charging suspected gang members. Safe Streets investigations have also recovered 24 firearms this year.
Published Jul 28, 2015