"Take the money, not our people," said Council Member Alondra Cano during her live appearance on WCCO TV with Esme Murphy to defend our immigrant community and re-affirm our City's comittment to being a sanctuary city. You can view the clip of her interview or read the article.
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Dear Neighbors,
Late last night the full City Council approved the adopted 2017 budget. I'm thrilled to report that we voted to make much needed investments in both community based efforts to address the root causes of crime and in supporting our police officers.
I put forward an amendment which passed unanimously and will fund street outreach workers who will work with our American Indian, LGBTQ, women, and girls who are victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation and sex trafficking. By investing directly in the providers who are experts in this field we are supporting our police department and our community to reduce and prevent the exploitation of women.
We also voted to fund the innovative pre-charge diversion program which my office has been co-developing with our City Attorney's office for the past year. You can read more about this new effort in the guest column below from our Third Precinct community attorney.
In more detail, these are the investments that will help us reduce crime and increase safety: 
  • $1,305,000 for fifteen new sworn Minneapolis Police officers. Twelve for community policing, and three for a police and mental health co-responder pilot program.

  • More than $1 million for community-based strategies to improve public safety, including: 
    • $500,000 for collaborative, community-driven, public-safety strategies in two locations - Little Earth and West Broadway. This innovative initiative will provide technical and financial resources for residents and business owners of these areas, and the community-based organizations that serve them, to decide for themselves what community based public-safety interventions would best serve the people.
    • Up to $75,000 but no less than $50,000 to support community based groups working to reduce and prevent commercial sexual exploitation in addition to the $20,000 provided for our City Attorney's office to work with community partners to implement our pre-charge diversion program for the women victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
    • $290,000 for a Group Violence Intervention strategy, a collaboration among the Health Department, MPD, and the community that offers support and resources to offenders who leave violence behind, and holds accountable those who do not. These resources are in addition to a $250,000 federal grant to implement Group Violence Intervention.
    • $62,000 to enhance our hospital-based intervention strategy to reduce gun violence.
    • $200,000 for mental health co-responders to be paired with sworn officers in the co-responder pilot program. This is community-based public-safety initiative is often requested by community members, and is a recommendation of the City’s Police Conduct Oversight Commission. 
  • More than $1 million annually for a new, ongoing Community Service Officer class to increase capacity for a proven, effective pathway for people of color to become sworn police officers.

  • Ongoing resources to manage and operate the Minneapolis Police Department body-worn camera program.

  • An additional position in the Department of Civil Rights to investigate complaints of discrimination and hate crimes, which are already on the rise.

  • An additional civilian case investigator at the Office of Police Conduct Review, and improvements to the process of filing misconduct cases.
I look forward to seeing the impact these investments have in our communities in the coming year and I thank our Mayor Betsy Hodges for being proactive and providing a majority of these resources from the get-go.
In the coming winter months we will stay vigilant on issues of crime and safety, in the meantime, this newsletter focusing on crime and safety will be published monthly instead of bi-weekly.
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. Happy holidays!
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
By Nicole Appelbaum, Community Attorney for the Minneapolis Police Department's Third Precinct.
The Community Attorney program of the City Attorney’s Office assigns an experienced prosecutor to each of the five police department precincts.  I am the Community Attorney for the Third Precinct and am based in the precinct station.  My job is to work with residents and businesses along with law enforcement to better respond to local crime concerns, including lower level drug dealing and related crimes that negatively impact the safety and quality of life in our neighborhoods. By working out of the Third Precinct and attending neighborhood safety meetings and court watch groups, I am able to be more effective by focusing my work on solving the issues most important to each community. 
In addition to working directly with community partners and police officers, we serve as prosecutorial resources to the community and assist the police in reviewing cases so that appropriate charges are filed.  We also strive to utilize strategic and creative methods to address targeted crime issues within the community and attempt to impact them before they reach the criminal justice system. 
For example, our office applied for and was awarded a Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation research and planning grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance office within the Department of Justice. The goal of the grant is to develop a research-informed plan working in partnership with Little Earth staff and residents to improve safety and well-being in the Little Earth community.  Little Earth is leading the project and will retain ownership and control of the resulting research.  The project is using community and resident engagement to help shape the crime reduction and prevention strategies and to make them sustainable.
Street level prostitution, and the collateral issues surrounding it, is also a significant issue in our precinct. Recognizing that many prostituted individuals have histories of trauma and victimization, our office has developed a prostitution pre-charge diversion program, which will begin next spring, for certain qualified individuals to offer voluntary services and programming as an alternative to criminal charges and prosecution. The goal is that by offering qualified individuals the opportunity to participate in services, including chemical dependency and educational programming surrounding prostitution, we may help individuals recover and successfully leave prostitution.
I look forward to working with and for you to help address the issues facing the Third Precinct.
If you have questions for Nicole she can be reached at 612-673-2662.
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 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.
Midtown Phillips Crime Meeting, Dec. 12 (repeats every second Monday of the month)
6:30 p.m. St. Paul's Church, 2742 15th Avenue South
East Lake Street-Chicago Avenue commercial node meeting, Dec. 13 (repeats every second Tuesday of the month)
9:30 a.m. Division of Indian Work, 1001 East Lake Street
East Lake Street-Bloomington Avenue commercial node meeting, Dec. 20 (repeats every third Tuesday of the month)
6:00 p.m. Las Mojarras, 1507 East Lake Street, 2nd Floor
Call (612) 673-2209
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