Temporary, supplemental resources from other law enforcement partners in the form of staffing to help meet the city’s public safety needs.
MPD and Mayor’s Office
Section 2: Data
Citywide – the additional staff supports will be deployed across the entire city. The City of Minneapolis is comprised of 36.2% people of color and 35.6% of all households are defined as cost burdened, with 19.9% defined with incomes below poverty.
People of color and more specifically, people from the African American community are disproporitionately more likely to be victims of violent crime and account for the highest percentage of victims of gunshot wound citywide (81%). The highest concentration of both violent crime and shots fired occur in the two precincts with the most diverse communities in the city, Precinct 3 in South Minneapolis, and Precinct 4 in North Minneapolis. Together, these two precincts account for 61.35% of the city’s violent crime incident totals and 75% of the city’s total homicide victims. Thus, the highest concentration of violent crimes are occurring in the city’s most diverse areas.
Racially aggregated data for all victims of crime (both violent and property). These totals can be obtained from the Strategic Analysis Unit in MPD. ****This data is being pulled by the Strategic Analysis Unit******
Section 3: Community Engagement
Engagement has been conducted in both formal and informal methods. Through more formal methods of community safety meetings held by various elected officials, neighborhood level meetings, and other stakeholder meetings, we have heard that the public is experiencing an increase in crime – in particular, violent crime, in both actual reported incidents and personal perception. We have also heard that there is an issue with the time it takes for law enforcement to respond to reported crime, both part I crimes and part II crimes. We have also heard that the public is seeing patrols less often and is concerned by the decrease in police presence. Through constituent contact to elected offices, we are also hearing similar concerns across the board via email and phone contacts.
Section 4: Analysis
This will achieve racial equity goals by way of having a more equitable distribution of resources across our city. Due to the concentration of part I crimes (violent and shooting) in the most diverse areas of our city, those areas typically experience longer call response times due to the additional strain on resources. We would expect the additional resources to aid in both response during peak call times (middle watch) in the city by decreased response times and increased visibility. Since areas with the highest racial diversity in the city also experience the highest totals with respect to violent crimes and gun crimes, we would expect service levels to increase in those areas for calls for service which would be measured by a decrease in call response time and an increase in presence.
Section 5: Evaluation
Impacts will be measured by call response times. We would expect to see call response times decrease during the middle watch shift when additional resources are present. It will be more difficult to measure the perception of service levels from constituents, but would expect to see a shift in feedback from stakeholders with respect to response times and patrol visibility.
MPD will report back to council at the beginning of 2021 with information updates on how the end of 2020 went with the additional resources.