Crime in Minneapolis remains at lowest levels in decades

Violent crime in Minneapolis continues to drop for the fifth consecutive year in 2011, to a level not seen in nearly 30 years. The Minneapolis police department has released statistics for the year, showing a violent crime drop of 6.3 percent.

City officials credit critical investments in crime-fighting strategies, committed officers, strong leadership, smart policing and engaged community members for bringing crime down to levels not seen in decades.

Highlights of the 2011 year-end crime statistics include:

Even as Minneapolis experienced several tragic, high-profile shooting deaths of youths in 2011, violent crime among youth continues to drop. From 2006–10 (the last year that full statistics are available), the number of youth suspects involved in violent crime dropped 60 percent.

Minneapolis’ nationally recognized Youth Violence Prevention initiative and the Blueprint for Action have played a role in decreasing crime among juveniles, and other community initiatives have also helped drive down crime. For example, a creative community/police collaboration has led to lower crime rates around the Third Precinct hot spots of Peavey Park, Lake Street and the Franklin Avenue LRT station.


Published Jan 6, 2012