Get involved

We invite all community members to take part in improving community safety in Minneapolis.

Overview

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As we work to improve community safety in Minneapolis, three principles guide our community engagement plans:

  • Accessibility
    We will create engagement opportunities that are varied and designed to meet people where they are. 
  • Meaning
    The community should feel that:
    • The dialogue is meaningful and relevant.
    • Their involvement informs actions.
    • Their contributions are reflected in recommendations for new systems of public safety. 
  • Inclusivity
    Our engagement opportunities will reach the full and rich diversity of our City. We will center the voices of people who have been historically marginalized or underserved by our present system. These include Black people, American Indian people, people of color, immigrants and victims of harm.

See our focus areas to improve community safety

See a timeline of Minneapolis community safety milestones

Engagement phases

Phase 1

Oct. 2020 - March 2021

Gather initial input

The City held multiple conversations with community and other stakeholders to hear opportunities for change and ideas for a new model.

Engagement methods include:

  • Community survey
  • Stakeholder interviews
  • Policymaker interviews
  • Community meetings
  • Meetings with public-health-focused community safety programs and experts

Feedback from residents was shared about:

  • The City's current model of community safety
  • Opportunities for change

We have read all feedback and use it to inform our new vision of community safety 

Phase 2

Jan. 2021 - May 2021

Dive deeper

Public forums

Community members:

  • Review and provide feedback on the themes and goals chosen in Phase 1
  • Look more closely at ideas for a new community safety model

This phase informs draft recommendations.

Online meetings

We began our learning lab series with community to dig deeper into:

  • Violence prevention
    • Definition and factors
    • Approaches and methods
    • Real program examples

Next meeting: Coming soon

Past meetings

We have held informational online meetings about:

  • The City’s work to transform community safety
  • Upcoming engagement opportunities
  • Violence prevention, from a public health perspective

You can see and download the City's presentations to community.

View the City's 1/26/21 presentation

Watch the City's 3/2/21 meeting

See the Learning Lab 5/6/21 meeting

Meeting guide

Read our meeting facilitation guide

Phase 3

May 2021 - June 2021

Give feedback on draft recommendations

You will be able to give feedback on draft recommendations:

  • At public forums
  • Online
Phase 4

July 2021 - August 2021

Read the final report of recommendations

Using feedback gathered during the other phases, we will:

  • Refine our findings
  • Finalize recommendations

We will present a final report on building a new model for community safety to the City Council.

Request accessible format

If you need help with this information, please email 311, or call 311 or 612-673-3000.

Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.

Contact us

Community Safety

Minneapolis Health Department