What is CODEFOR?
CODEFOR = Computer Optimized DEployment – Focus On Results. It is a strategy to reduce crime involving every unit of the Minneapolis Department, including patrol, investigations, administration, special units, and support services.
The CODEFOR Unit is located at:
Minneapolis City Hall, Room 100
350 South 5 th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401
View CODEFOR Crime Maps & Statistics.
How will CODEFOR reduce crime?
By using four elements essential to crime control:
- accurate and timely information about crime that is occurring
- rapid deployment of personnel and resources
- effective tactics
- relentless follow-up and assessment
How is this different from what has been done in the past?
It combines the latest technology with field-proven police techniques such as directed patrol, safe streets, and community-oriented policing. It utilizes computer-generated data to identify crime "hot spots" quickly, and divert police resources to them in a coordinated manner.
What should the community expect with CODEFOR?
- In order to free up officer time to work in the areas where there are clusters of crime, 911 will respond to some types of calls differently. Service will be provided in ways other than sending a police officer. 911 operators will be trained to provide the best response possible to each call.
- As police focus on areas with clusters of crimes, they will be enforcing at all levels, from jaywalking and loitering to drug dealing, assault, and others. Minor crimes that may have been overlooked in the past will be enforced regardless of who is committing them. Thus, all citizens in areas where there are concentrations of crime may anticipate more contacts with the police.
What is the community's role in CODEFOR?
- 911 calls about crimes, crimes in progress, and suspicious activity will be even more important. Police resources will be directed to areas where there are crime patterns. Records of both 911 calls and police reports will be used to identify those areas.
- In areas where police resources are being focused, residents will be involved in the crime reduction effort through their block clubs and other groups as they are now.
- Citizen support of this strategy is the key to its success -- help others understand CODEFOR and its goals and encourage their participation as described above.
How will citizens know if this is effective?
Specific successes may be shared with the public as soon as they occur, but it will take several months of work and collecting and analyzing data before the clear impact can be demonstrated. At that time, results will be released. Reduced crime and increased public safety are our goals.
If you have questions about CODEFOR, contact your local police precinct.
Last updated Sep. 27, 2011