CRIME AND SAFETY BULLETIN
A REPORT FROM COUNCIL MEMBER ALONDRA CANO
I was excited to be able to attend the graduation of one of the new classes of cadets, including the daughter of our former Third Precicnt Inspector Michael Sullivan. These are the new officers who will be building relationships with our neighbors and responding to our calls for help, it was a true pleasure to see their comradery and diversity. The approved 2017 budget includes another class of cadets, new community service officer classes, and addiitonal beat officers.
Dear Neighbors,
As you know, I launched this crime bulletin to communicate how my office and the City are responding to concerns about street level crime including drug dealing and commercial sexual exploitation. I know that last summer was really difficult for many neighbors and businesses and that there was a lot of frustration and anger about the way that these activities were impacting the lives of the children and families who walk these streets each day.
However, by working together - community, City Council, and our hard working police officers and City Attorney's office - we have been able to make gains to improve the safety and livability in our neighborhoods. By deploying mobile cameras, improving lighting, hosting a series of events on crime and safety, and by directing beat officers and patrols as well as undercover details we sent a clear message: the community is watching and criminal activity is not welcome on our streets.
I will continue to stay focused on this front and advance the progress we have made. As the snow falls we look ahead. I am now working with our police department, our neighbors, our Lake Street businesses, and other community organizations to plan for summer safety. I am heartened by efforts like that of Heart of the Beast Theater, which served cider and snacks to activate the corner of 15th Avenue and East lake Street as well as the work of Lake Street Council with Latino businesses. There is still a very high level of interest in continuing to program Plaza Centenario and the Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization has stepped up to provide a monthly meeting where we can address panhandling and other safety issues. I will seek to lift up and support this good work and augment it with City resources in the coming budget cycle. Please let me know about other efforts that might benefit from my attention and participation.
As always, please stay in touch with my office about any crime and safety issues that you feel can help us better address these matters.
My staff and I are at your service!
SHINING A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS
During Epiphany, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church is illuminating the topic of criminal sexual exploitation in the Midtown Phillips Neighborhood. Join us to listen to the voices of survivors and organizations working to end the demand and lift up survivors of sex trafficking. Explore ways in which we, as a community, can collaborate in our response. 

Community meal at 12:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 4th
10:00 - 12:00 p.m. 
Mount Olive Luthern Church
3045 Chicago Ave South 
LITTLE EARTH UPDATE ON
BYRNE CRIMINAL JUSTICE GRANT
Written by Carrie Day Aspinwall (above), Community Engagement Coordinator for the Little Earth Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program
The Little Earth Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program Planning Grant began implementation in the spring of 2016.  Little Earth Residents, as part of the Community Building Team, in partnership with the Minneapolis City Attorney’s Office and Hamline University Research Team began the work of identifying, prioritizing and verifying the drivers of crime in Little Earth through a participatory action research and risk factor framework.
There were two phases of research for this project, phase I required the collection of qualitative data through rigorous community engagement and phase II was the analysis of this data.  Little Earth residents provided direct input into the development and implementation of the research survey.  12 Little Earth residents, agreed to serve as our Little Earth Community Safety Champions.  These champions went door to door, held focus groups and community meetings to collect as much resident data as possible.  In the end, the Community Safety Champions collected over 305 surveys.  In addition to collecting the data, the Safety Champions took the opportunity to learn how to do data entry, observed and learned how this data was analyzed
From the data collected we identified and shared back to our Little Earth residents the results of the survey and the data analysis.  Those results included; feelings of safety, points of strength and pride at Little Earth, causes of crime/violence, perceptions of the police and Off Duty Policing, ideas for solutions to improve feelings of safety and decrease crime and violence.  The data also included statistics on the Youth Development Center, feelings about the neighborhood, community activities, beliefs about crime and safety, how crime has affected residents, perceptions of police, housing data, youth, Little Earth dispatch, Minneapolis 911.
These very same Community Safety Champions presented the data and were able to fully explain the results in a manner that created hope, motivation and potential solutions to begin addressing these issues of crime and safety.   This grassroots resident engagement / activism has become a hallmark for the Little Earth community as well as outside Little Earth.  This team has been requested to engage our community for other projects (Make Voting a Tradition) with great results.  They have also completed the Native American Development Institute’s Organizing Leadership 2016 Cohort, developing and strengthening their organizing and leadership skills. Building the capacity and confidence of key community members has streamlined the trust-building process and strengthened the confidence of this group and their peers.
To date, we have formalized the Little Earth cross sector Partnership which is made up of our research team, our Community Safety Champions, the MPD, the City Attorney’s Office, Hennepin County Court and Probation, the Minneapolis Health Department, and our many American Indian non profit organizations.  We will continue to use the Participatory Action framework, data and partnerships to develop a strategic implementation plan which addresses the most pressing issues of crime and safety, develop and plan an early action project that engages all community partners and to complete the $850,000 BJA grant offered to sustain these efforts.
Our end goal is to continue to increase the input and support of our residents and stake-holders, increase Little Earth community engagement in the development of a plan to reduce crime and thus improve stability and livability in Little Earth and our surrounding neighborhood.  
COMMUNITY RESOURCES
Call 911 to report any criminal activity or if you see or know 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 substance 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 Thursdays 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
Walk-in Counseling Center provides free, anonymous mental health counseling and referrals five days a week right in the neighborhood. 2421 Chicago Avenue South
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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POLICE DEPARTMENT CONTACTS
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.
PROBLEM PROPERTIES
My office has continued to build on the efforts of our Council predecessor 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 prosecutor's and probation office meet to coordinate and discuss commercial, residential 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.
EVENTS CALENDAR
Midtown Phillips Crime Meeting, Feb. 12 (repeats every second Monday of the month)
6:30 p.m. St. Paul's Church, 2742 15th Avenue South
CANDO Community Meeting
Feb. 21 (Repeats every third Tuesday)
5:30 p.m. (Crime and safety breakout begins at 6:30 p.m.) CANDO Community Space at CTUL, 3715 Chicago Avenue South
 NINTH WARD OFFICE
Call (612) 673-2209
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