Council Member Alondra Cano and V.J. Smith of MADDADS comfort the family of Gus, a young man who died as a result of a shooting in Midtown Phillips. In the second photo Dallas, Gus' brother, and James Cross share words with the community members who came to take part in the Monday night vigil.
Photos credit Mark Vancleave, Star Tribune  
Dear Neighbors,
Over the weekend, our community was impacted by a horrific shooting. No words can describe the painful loss of two lives, seven month old baby Jayden Redden and 20 year old Gustav Christianson. Our Minneapolis Police Officers worked around the clock on this investigation and they have arrested a 17 year old suspect who is in custody awaiting charges. I am thankful for the quick and diligent work of the Minneapolis Police Department in finding the person responsible for this painful act. I am also grateful for the community members who stepped up to provide witnesses accounts, helping our officers to find the shooter.
I was able to join you for the community vigil that MADDADS and and Banyan Community along with many others were able to put together in order to honor the lives lost and raise awareness about the need to stop gun violence in our city. We were joined by the victims' family, our neighbors, and many concerned residents. Thank you for coming together, I appreciated the opportunity for all of us to come together during this difficult time. In the meantime, as we gather more details of the circumstances of this incident, I ask that you keep the families and friends of the victims in your thoughts. My deep condolences go out to all those who have been touched by this tragedy.
Even though the shooter has been caught, I am saddened by how deeply our young people are being impacted by such violence. I know that these acts are not isolated from the acts of institutional violence that many of our community members are exposed to on a daily basis - whether it be deportations, the school to prison pipeline, or poverty wages. It is within that frame that I continue to work hard with you and for you to address the root causes of crime in our community.
For all the young people in our community, please never hesitate to reach out to me for help or support. We need your ideas, your brilliance, your hearts and energy to lift up our families, friends and neighbors. Help us protect our little ones, call us to action, hold me and others accountable.
I am committed to do much more to help reduce the gun violence in our community and to keep convening leaders across all levels of our government to ensure we're making progress together.
For today's guest column we are receiving an update from Chester Cooper, the Director of Hennepin County's Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation. Through my efforts to engage more partners in helping us reduce crime on East Lake Street the County has increased the number of Probation Officers in our area. There are two Probation Officers housed out of the Powderhorn Partners building located on 12th Avenue South and East Lake Street and at least one additional Probation Officer housed out of the Midtown Community Safety Center. The increased number of Probation Officers will allow the case load to go down for each officer and help ensure that they are able to to ride-alongs in MPD squad cars with our police officers to keep better track of anyone in violation of their parole terms and geographic restrictions. We hope this added resource will show positive impact in our community.
With you in the struggle,
Call 911 to report any criminal activity or if you see or knnow of a child who is being hurt or exploited.
Call Dawn at Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center 612-728-2000 to get help for American Indian women experiencing commercial sexual exploitation, chemical dependency, and domestic violence. The MIWRC is also able to serve GLBTQ victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
Call PRIDE 24 hour crisis line 612-728-2062 to get help for people experiencing commercial sexual exploitation or substace abuse issues. PRIDE is also equipped to serve GLBTQ victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
Make a child protection report at 612-348-3552 or online if you encounter a child who you think is being sexually exploited. 
Call St. Stephen's Street Outreach Workers 612-874-0311 to get immediate help for people who are experiencing homelessness.
Call Day One Services 24 hour crisis line 1-866-223-1111 to get help for people experiencing commercial sexual exploitation, sexual violence, or domestic abuse.
The Phillips Neighborhood Clinic is open for walk-in patients Mondays and Thiursdays 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at St Paul's Lutheran Church, 2742 15th Avenue South. No insurance needed- all medical care provided for free

By Chester Cooper, Director of Hennepin County Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation
Minneapolis is always changing. It does not matter if you are talking about the revitalization of a neighborhood or the rise in crime in another area, things change. 
South Minneapolis experienced a relatively low crime rate over the past several years. This has led to more businesses popping up and new families moving in. 
However, as of late criminal activity has increased. 
The Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation is committed to community safety, community restoration and reducing the risk of re-offense throughout Hennepin County. When crime increases, we are always willing to be part of determining the cause and assisting in the solution.
To reduce crime, the department utilizes neighborhood probation offices in areas susceptible to higher crime rates, partners with law enforcement in the Minneapolis Antiviolence Initiative (MAVI), and monitors high-risk probation clients where they live. 
During an influx in crime in a given area, our neighborhood probation officers engage with the community to make sure our probation clients are not part of the problem. If they find out our clients are responsible for the rise in crime it is immediately addressed.  
Neighborhood probation officers regularly dedicate a portion of their time to building relationships within the community. They attend events, such as National Night Out, community meetings, and safety initiatives hosted by our external partners.
The department’s Minneapolis Antiviolence Initiative has also ramped up efforts to combat criminal activity. 
The initiative is a grant program supported by the Office of Justice Programs and Justice Assistance Grants to aide in innovation, partnership and promotion of safer neighborhoods. The program is a collaborative initiative with metro area law enforcement aiding in the operation of a comprehensive strategy to increase intelligence efforts, aide in probation supervision and offer support in the community while increasing public safety.
The initiative has led to more than one thousand home visits conducted by probation officers and our criminal justice partners. It has decreased the amount of time a person who has an active warrant remains on the streets. 
Lastly, the department’s high-risk probation officers are constantly monitoring their clients, which are the most likely to reoffend. 
High-risk clients are held accountable through increased supervision, so they do not commit the crimes they were originally arrested for. These clients are provided county and community services necessary for future success. Providing a higher level of supervision and treatment to these clients enables the department to increase public safety. 
These efforts lead to safer communities and are the primary strategy for addressing the criminal activity in South Minneapolis.  
As a department and a county we will continue to work diligently through adequate resources allocation and engagement to make sure South Minneapolis is a safe place to live and work. 
Alondra Cano represents the Ninth Ward on the Minneapolis City Council. The Ninth Ward consists of the Central, Corcoran, East Phillips, Midtown Phillips, and Powderhorn Park neighborhoods along with a sliver of Longfellow. Our diverse and vibrant communities boast beautiful parks, a number of thriving small business corridors, the Midtown Exchange, world class hospitals, and an informed and engaged community of changemakers, artists, and activists.
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911 for all emergencies.
612-348-2345 for non-emergencies.
If you suspect drug dealing but have not actually seen it call 612-673-5706.
If you are in doubt call 911 and they will route your call properly.
Contact Crime Prevention Specialist Karen Notsch 612-673-2856 for issues South of Lake Street.
Contact Crime Prevention Specialist John Baumann 612-825-6138 for issues North of Lake Street.
Read more about the ways Crime Prevention Specialists can help.
Check out MPD's Third Precinct website for additional information and resources.
My office has continued to build on the efforts of our Council predecessor Gary Schiff to address nuisance properties by meeting monthly to identify and monitor problem properties in our neighborhoods. Each month representatives from the City of Minneapolis' Police Department, Attorney's Office, Housing Inspections, Business Licensing, Parking Enforcement and the County's Hennepin County prosecutor's and probation office meet to coordinate and discuss commercial, residental rental and owner occupied buildings that are causing problems related to public safety.
Problem properties should be reported to your area's Crime Prevention Specialist or to the Ninth Ward office at 612-673-2209. Please note that MPD needs to receive two reports on the same problem property in order to prevent the program from being mis-used.
Call (612) 673-2209
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