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Mayor and law enforcement partnership launch new initiative to tackle violent crime in Minneapolis


Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and a group of local law enforcement officials announced a new strategy Thursday that they say will help thwart rising violent crime in the city.

Calling public safety “the paramount issue” in Minneapolis now, Frey outlined a plan he says will use data to more effectively deploy the city’s depleted resources to high-crime areas in a partnership between the police, the prosecutors and the interrupters of violence.

“Security is not high on the agenda right now – it is the priority,” he said. “It’s the thing I think about every morning when I wake up. It’s the last thing I think about before I go to sleep.”

Frey announced “Operation Endeavour” at a press conference in downtown Minneapolis as he stood alongside Minneapolis Public Safety Commissioner Cedric Alexander, several police inspectors, the county attorney of Hennepin Mike Freeman, U.S. Marshal Eddie Frizell and others. Although he offered few details, Frey said the strategy will focus on larger day-to-day partnerships between disparate city, county, state and federal agencies that will allow for a more agile approach with staffing. of the font.

“It’s not a half-hearted approach,” Frey said. “Every person you see here is fully in this plan.”

A newly launched Twitter account also provided few details, saying the initiative “could use new policing methods or others that are not routinely used.”

The announcement is the latest attempt by law enforcement officials and elected officials to convince the public that they have violent crime under control in Minneapolis — an issue that has become central to the upcoming state elections. So far in 2022, the city has recorded 67 homicides, up from 76 this time last year, but significantly more than Minneapolis’ norm before 2020, according to a Star Tribune database. Shootings, carjackings and other violent crimes are also up from this time of year in the decade before the pandemic.

Alexander said he met with members of the partnership, including private business owners integral to the new strategy. He described Operation Endeavor as “the culmination of the charge given to me” when Frey and the city council appointed him to the new post of public safety commissioner this summer. He said the multi-jurisdictional strategy will start downtown and ripple throughout the city and surrounding communities, and he will provide regular progress reports and updates.

“We use data to focus our resources in areas where criminal activity has the greatest impact on the safety of those who live, work or visit the city of Minneapolis,” he said. “The effects of what we do here will impact the entire city – every citizen and every neighborhood in this community.”

District Attorney and former police officer Michael Radmer will integrate with the city as part of the strategy, Hennepin County District Attorney Mike Freeman said.

Cmdt. Jason Case, who will coordinate the effort from part of the Minneapolis police, said relying on more data will be key to finding “emerging trends” and responding with patrols and undercover officers.

Trained violence interrupters will also be deployed to defuse and canvass these areas, and other city staff will work with victims, said Jen White, community and interagency engagement manager for the city.

The Minneapolis Police Department has lost more than 300 officers from two years ago after a mass exodus following the police killing of George Floyd and the Third Ward fire. Frey said Thursday that the city is preparing to launch a $1.2 million campaign to recruit officers, but there’s “some way to go” to replenish staff, which is why this new strategy is essential for ensure public safety.

At the same time, Minnesota U.S. Attorney Andy Luger is also devoting more federal resources to help curb the crime spike. Earlier this year, Luger announced that he had asked all prosecutors in his office to help crack down on violent crime, with a focus on charging illegal arms dealers, gang members and car thieves.



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