Over fifty residents and community leaders joined Council Member Cano and Third Precinct Inspector Johnson at Plaza Verde on August 24th to share the current crime and safety issues facing the Ninth Ward with our Hennepin County Commissioner's office and our State elected officials. Pictured above is Corrie Zoll, Executive Director of In The Heart of the Beast Theater, talking about the current challenges on East Lake Street and 15th Avenue South.
Dear Neighbors,
It’s only been a few weeks but already – by working together – we are seeing the positive impacts of our collective efforts to reduce crime and increase safety in the Ninth Ward. From the unwavering dedication of our Minneapolis Police officers and Third Precinct leadership to the “all hands on deck” approach of the various resident, business and Lake Street Council led crime meetings along with our office’s full engagement we are making progress. I can see the changes myself as I door knock in the impacted areas and when I drive around at night to check on lighting in the most challenged residential streets. I have also heard about this change from you, thank you for noting the difference and encouraging us to keep going.
And keep going we must. As I acknowledge the steps forward, I also know that we still have a long way to go. This is why my efforts to bring more resources, strategies and people to the table continue.
A few weeks ago, I decided to convene a meeting with our Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, State Senator Jeff Hayden, State Representative Susan Allen, State Representative Karen Clark and MPD’s Third Precinct Inspector Johnson. The goal of this meeting was to help our County and State partners understand the challenges facing our community. Over the past three years as I’ve served as the Ninth Ward Council Member I have seen first-hand how the issues of crime and safety have grown to a level that require deep intervention, hefty investments and a coordinated framework that go above and beyond the City of Minneapolis alone. The fifty plus community residents and leaders who came to this meeting illustrated their experiences with passion and urgency. Our elected officials, and my partners in this work, listened carefully and they are responding.
Senator Jeff Hayden is tackling the issue by analyzing the state resources dedicated to addressing commercial sexual exploitation and identifying the gaps that can be filled by future state legislative work and state budgetary resources. He is also convening a follow up meeting with policy makers to coordinate and leverage our City, County and State strategies and investments to reduce crime in our neighborhoods.
Commissioner Peter McLaughlin has agreed to work with my office on issues related to probation and he understands the need to find resources to help build the community’s capacity to address the commercial sexual exploitation on our streets. The County Commissioner and I plan to meet to hear from County probation lead staff on ways they can better retool their program to serve the needs of East Lake Street. We will also explore models that can further support social service providers working to reduce commercial sexual exploitation as well as to identify ways we can support those entities to have an office on site in the very corridors where the exploitation happens.
It was clear from this meeting that residents and elected officials expect and welcome the participation of both small and large businesses in being a part of the solution. Many small business owners are aleady involved in Court Watch or convene meetings of their own to educate and empower each other to address this issue. Over the past months I've spent time engaging Allina and other significant property owners of the corridor to help. I will continue this work and am hopeful we will see more participation from these large businesses in the coming weeks and months.
As we continue to address these issues I encourage you to tune in to the City of Minneapolis’ budget presentations by the City Attorney’s Office on September 22 and the Minneapolis Police Department on October 20. You can view these presentations online or come to City Hall in the Council Chambers to hear them live. Through these presentations you will be able to learn more about the ways your tax-dollars are being spent to address the issues you care about when it comes to crime and safety. I would welcome your input and feedback on these proposed spending plans so we can continue to bridge our community and City work.

En la lucha,
The Midtown Safety Center serves to foster police-community relations by providing a public space where police and local prosecutors can connect with residents and businesses to work collaboratively on addressing crime in our neighborhoods. Funds for the Safety Center come from the City of Minneapolis, the Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association and the Phillips West Neighborhood Association. The Safety Center is staffed by MPD's Crime Prevention Specialist John Baumann who can help you file a police report, connect you to a community probation officer, or have you engage with a Casa de Esperanza staff member to get support for survivors of domestic violence. John is a great resource for any questions related to crime trends in the neighborhood, court watch, block clubs, and many other issues related to community based crime prevention efforts.

The Midtown Community Safety Center is staffed by John Baumann, pictured to the right.
Hours of Operation are from 10:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Visit us or give us a call!
2949 Chicago Avenue South
(612) 825-6138
After the East Lake Street reconstruction of 2008-2009 two Special Service Districts were voted in by the property owners of the East Lake Street commercial corridor in order to fund street level services and ammenities. Special Service Districts are what makes it possible to have extra help sweeping the trash off East Lake Street, add more garbage bins and help with other commercial corridor services that the City of Minneapolis does not have the capacity to provide. This investment and partnership with our local business community is important because the more attention we can give to East Lake Street the less problems we will have with crime.
Each Special Service District is governed by an Advisory Board comprised of property owners or businesses who make up the District. Property owners or businesses can apply to be on the Advisory Board and the City Council approves the final appointments. Currently, the Chicago-Lake Special Service District has openings on its Advisory Board. If you're a property owner or business in that District please consider applying - we need your voice and participation in making improvements on East Lake!
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 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.
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.
Call St. Stephen's Street Outreach Workers 612-874-0311 to get 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.
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.

Little Earth & Franklin Avenue Court Watch, Sept. 16 
10:30 a.m. Village at Franklin Station, 2100 Bloomington Avenue South

East Lake Street-Bloomington Avenue commercial node meeting, Sept. 20 (repeats every third Tuesday of the month)
6:00 p.m. Las Mojarras, 1507 East Lake Street, 2nd Floor

City Attorney's Office budget presentation, Sept. 22
10:45 a.m. Minneapolis City Hall, Council Chambers, Room 317

Midtown Phillips Crime Meeting, Oct. 10 
6:30 p.m. St. Paul's Church, 2742 15th Avenue South

East Lake Street-Chicago Avenue commercial node meeting, Oct. 11 (repeats every second Tuesday of the month)
9:30 a.m. Division of Indian Work, 1001 East Lake Street

Police Department budget presentationOctober 20 
10:00 a.m. Minneapolis City Hall, Council Chambers, Room 317

Cafe con Pan with Latinxs Unidxs por la Cultura y el Arte, due to Mexican Independence Day celebrations during the month of September no Cafe con Pan events will be held at Plaza Centenario.
All officers in the 3rd precinct are now outfitted with body worn cameras.
All MPD officers will have completed procedural justice and implicit bias training by the end of this year.
It is officially budget season. You can learn all about the budget and the schedule for its adoption on the City website.  Mayor Hodges has proposed new investments in public safety for 2017, including:
  • $1.3 Million for 15 new sworn officers, 12 focused on community policing and 3 for a police/mental health co-responder program
  • $500,000 for violence prevention at Little Earth and West Broadway
  • $1 Million anually ongoing for a new Community Service Officer Class which helps our police force reflect the communities that they serve 
  • An additional civilian case investigator at the Office of Police Conduct Review, and improvements to the process of filing misconduct cases
Call (612) 673-2209
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