City leaders share updates on public safety, new community patrols at weekly media briefing

April 15, 2021

Mayor Jacob Frey and other City leaders held their weekly media briefing this morning to share public safety information, including updates on the new community patrols and the increased presence of the Minnesota National Guard and police personnel as the end of the Derek Chauvin trial approaches.

Briefing highlights

  • City leaders acknowledged the increased pain and trauma in the community following the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center on April 11. They also condemned the destruction of Minneapolis businesses following Wright’s killing, noting the break-ins and violence were unrelated to protests, and that many are operated by members of our BIPOC community and are vital community resources residents depend on.
  • Operation Safety Net, the coordinated law enforcement effort focused on public safety during the trial, has entered its third phase – the highest level of Minnesota National Guard and law enforcement activation.
  • Community organizations contracted by the City to provide community patrols throughout Minneapolis started their work this week. They helped spread the word about curfews earlier this week and focused outreach on the City’s youth. Patrols have also focused engagement on the City’s major business corridors, including Lake Street and West Broadway. Community patrol members wear bright orange badges with the City’s logo so they are easily identifiable and T-shirts with the names of their respective community organization. 
  • The City has received over 200 calls for service for business burglaries, audible business alarms and damage to property in progress between April 11 and April 13, which impacted an estimated 140 businesses and commercial properties in Minneapolis. Businesses should report losses related to recent civil unrest to the City so staff can better understand the extent of damage and how to provide support. Contact the City’s Small Business Team at 612-673-2499 or smallbusiness@minneapolismn.gov.
  • Additional street closures are now in place as a result of increased security measures, including:
    • Third Street South, between Second and Third avenues. 
    • Second Avenue South, between Third and Fourth streets.
    • Fifth Street South, between Fourth and Fifth avenues.
    • Fourth Street South, between First Avenue North and Second Avenue South, due to construction and for security concerns.
    • Sixth Street South (the street and both sidewalks) remains closed between Third and Fourth avenues at the Hennepin County Government Center.
    • Street closures are also in place around the Fourth Precinct, 1925 Plymouth Ave. N., and the Fifth Precinct, 3101 Nicollet Ave. Visit the City’s interactive road closure map to stay up-to-date on the latest closures.

Reminders

  • The Minneapolis Police Department has established a new tip line. Call 612-673-5335 to provide tips to MPD about suspicious activity not requiring an immediate response, such as vehicles driving without license plates. If someone’s safety is at risk and an immediate response from police, fire or medics is required, call 911.
  • The City has a web resource with information and updates around the Chauvin trial. It includes information on finding street closures, how to sign up for trial updates from Hennepin County District Court, ways to report suspicious activity and information about mental health and well-being resources for support during traumatic times. Find information translated in Spanish, Somali, Hmong and Oromo
  • The City’s Neighborhood & Community Relations Department has launched weekly online meetings with the city’s neighborhood organizations to share information during the trial. The goal is to create a forum for two-way communication with the City and share information and resources.
  • How to contact the City:
    • Call 311 for non-emergency City information.
    • Call 911 for life safety emergencies requiring police, fire, or EMS.
  • 612-673-5335 to provide tips to MPD about suspicious activity not requiring an immediate response.
  • Businesses and property owners can call 612-673-2499 with questions about business operations during the trial and general information about regulations and resources.
  • Follow the City of Minneapolis on Facebook and Twitter and sign up for the City Update newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest news and information. Stay tuned to news from Operation Safety Net on Facebook and Twitter.

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