What changes or enhancements have been made to public safety in Minneapolis?
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
In early July 2021, an additional $13.7 million for policing and public safety initiatives was approved as part of the first round of American Rescue Plan Act funding.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey's approved 2022 city budget increased funding to several public safety initiatives, including the Minneapolis Police Department. The mayor’s budget includes nearly $192 million for the MPD, $7.8 million for the Office of Violence Prevention (OVP), $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 December, Mayor Frey announced the creation of a workgroup focused on developing public safety and accountability recommendations. The workgroup is co-chaired by Nekima Levy Armstrong and Rev. Dr. DeWayne Davis, and includes people whose voices effectively reflect community safety priorities across Minneapolis neighborhoods.