Council Member Cano, MPD's Crime Prevention Specialist Karen Notsch, and CANDO Organizer Eduardo Cardenas come together with neighbors in the Central neighborhood to address crime and safety issues. The Ninth Ward office hosts outdoor block gatherings like this one frequently to bring neighbors together, reclaim our streets, and build community based strategies to help our communities.
Dear Community,
At our last City Council meeting I was proud to cast my vote in favor of approving Acting Chief Medaria Arradondo as our new Chief of Police. Surrounded by family, friends, and colleagues our new Chief took the stand and addressed the Council and the audience. As the City's first African American to serve in this role, Chief Arradondo talked about the importance of earning the trust of the community and acknowledged that the work of policing cannot be done without a four letter word: love.
Chief Arradondo has served our City his whole life and made important connections, especially with our African American and American Indian communities. In 2007 he was part of a group of African American police officers who sued our police department for discrimination and detailed a racially hostile work environment. This type of action for accountability takes courage and I have confidence that he has the skills and ethical grounding to pursue the deep change that our communities are demanding. Over the past years I've had the privilege of being able to work with Assistant Chief Arradondo regularly. He has never ceased to impress me with the manner in which he shows up - with a peaceful heart and a belief that we can and should do better for our residents.
Chief Medaria "Rondo" Arradondo will be asked to fix problems that he didn't create. His job will be hard - he will need our help and support. Please join me on August 29th to meet him and work shoulder to shoulder with him to achieve the change our communities have been fighting for.
Seguimos pa'lante,
Neighbors In Action is a resident-led group founded in May 2017 to take action on improving safety and reducing crime in our community. Currently, Neighbors In Action hosts the Midtown Crime and Safety Partnership meetings and is implementing its Safety Team community patrol along East Lake Street and the surrounding blocks in South Minneapolis. The Neighbors In Action Safety Team are a group of volunteers who walk East Lake Street as a watchful, positive, and peaceful presence. You can sign up to be part of the Safety Team and learn much more on their website.
NIA's Values in Addressing Community Safety
  • Respect for the rights, differences, and dignity of all community members
  • Results, we remain focused on solutions, rather than protest wrongs
  • Cooperation, commitment, and focus on collaborating within our community
  • Responsibility, we are responsible and accountable for our personal behavior
  • Communication that is inclusive of the diversity in our community
Join the Lake Street Beat Officers as they bring together experts from the City and County for a series of two discussions with the community about this summer's crime and livability issues in the Third Precinct. Please join us in our ongoing collaborative effort to improve safety and clean up our streets while meeting the beat officers and building community. For more information about this event, please contact Officer Heather Young at heather.young at minneapolismn dot gov or Officer Joe Brown at joseph.brown at minneapolismn dot gov.
Guest Speakers:
Minneapolis City Attorney Nicole Applebaum
Hennepin County Attorney Gail Baez
MPD Crime Prevention Specialist Karen Notsch
911 Dispatcher Amy Sizer
MPD Overnight Supervision Sgt. Deanna Rivard

Friday, August 25th and Thursday, September 7th 
6:30 p.m.
At the Third Precinct offices on 3000 Minnehaha Avenue
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 p.m. to 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.
If you need assistance as a crime victim contact the Hennepin County Attorney's Office 612-348-4003 and ask to speak with an advocate or Cornerstone Services at 952-884-0376 and ask for Michelle, Cheryl, or Rebecca.
Contact your crime prevention specialist to receive a No Trespassing sign that can be placed on your property and enforced by MPD.
Email John Baumann to receive regular updates on crime trends in our area.
The West Bank Harm Reduction Collective operates a walk-in clinic with a needle exchange Wednesdays 5:30  - 7:30 p.m. at 425 Cedar (enter in the back). They provide free needles, cookers, works, narcan kits as well as rapid HIV screening.
Natives Against Heroin provides a number of supportive services to those in our community seeking to get or stay sober. Call James at 651-756-1940 for help and support or if you have questions or want to support this grassroots movement for community wellness and cultural healing.
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 or karen (dot) notsch (at) minneapolismn (dot) gov for issues South of Lake Street.
Contact Crime Prevention Specialist Brett Nyman 612-673-3482 or brett (dot) nyman (at) minneapolismn (dot) gov 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.
Every month my office works to identify and monitor problem properties in our neighborhoods. We bring together 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 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.
Midtown Crime and Safety Partnership September 11 (repeats every second Monday of the month), 6:30 p.m. St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 2742 15th Avenue South.
CANDO Community Meeting, September 19 (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.
16th, 17th, and 18th Ave CRIME AND SAFETY MEETING
Please join us as we come together for a special meeting to address the crime and safety issues facing our neighbors on 16th, 17th, and 18th Avenue South. We will meet outdoors in the lot at 17th Avenue and East Lake Street, weather permitting.
Tuesday, September 5th
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
17th Avenue and East Lake Street
Call (612) 673-2209
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