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

April 8, 2021

Mayor Jacob Frey and other City leaders held their weekly media briefing this morning to share updates, including information about contracts awarded to community organizations to provide support during and after the trials of the former officers involved in the killing of George Floyd.

Briefing highlights

  • The City has awarded roughly $1 million to seven community organizations to provide positive outreach and support services during and after the trials of the former officers. These community organizations will support two-way communication between community and the City; provide informal de-escalation, mediation, and conflict resolution if needed; and share information about existing City and community resources. Contracts will run through Dec. 31, 2021.
    • The organizations include: A Mother’s Love, Center for Multicultural Mediation, NACDI (Native American Community Development Institute), Corcoran Neighborhood Organization and T.O.U.C.H. Outreach, C.E.O. (Change Equals Opportunity), Restoration Inc. and We Push for Peace.
  • The City’s Community Planning and Economic Development Department (CPED) has proposed a new George Floyd Square/38th and Chicago Forgivable Loan Program, which would provide $50,000 loans to businesses or property owners in the area. The loans would have 0% interest and the debt would be forgiven if the business remains open and in place one year after the loan agreement. The City Council will vote on the loan program at its April 16 meeting.

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.
  • Sixth Street South (the street and both sidewalks) is closed between Third and Fourth avenues next to the Hennepin County Government Center. Currently, other streets will remain open. The City will provide updates when other closures are anticipated. 

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