What changes or enhancements have been made to public safety in Minneapolis?
In the last two years, enhanced funding has been allocated to the Office of Violence Prevention for different public safety programs, departments and initiatives, such as:
- Mental Health Co-Responder Program
- Community Group Outreach and Intervention
- Gang Violence Intervention
- Hospital Based Intervention
- 911 Training on assessing and responding to mental health issues and situations
- De-escalation and restorative justice training
- Moving all parking related calls to Traffic Control
- Assigning non-police staff to respond to theft and property damage calls
The 2022 city budget increased funding to several public safety initiatives, including the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD). The budget includes nearly $192 million for the MPD, $7.8 million for the Office of Violence Prevention, $500,000 for youth-specific proactive violence prevention, and more than $100,000 to hire a body-worn-camera analyst, as well as funding to contract with mutual aid agencies, provide overtime to work with violence prevention teams, increase health and wellness programs, and purchase an early intervention program to flag problematic behavior among officers. The budget also calls for adding five (5) recruit and cadet classes for the MPD.
In April 2022, Mayor Frey outlined his proposal for spending $43 million in remaining ARPA funding, including nearly $6.5 million for community safety initiatives. That includes an additional $1 million in funding for MinneapolUS teams, whose members walk city streets in hopes of connecting people with services and mediating conflicts before they escalate into violence. The plan also includes $2.4 million aimed at improving camera systems and lighting systems, including along Broadway Avenue and Lake Street. The Minneapolis City Council will review the proposal with possible approval coming by the end of May.