MINNEAPOLIS (July 9, 2013) — Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau and Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek walked the downtown beat on Tuesday.
Both law enforcement leaders thanked business owners and people who work and visit downtown for their assistance with keeping the area safe.
“Owners of mom-and-pop shops and managers of corporate offices tell us that they appreciate seeing more deputies and officers in the downtown,” said Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek, “We are making a difference with a highly-visible law enforcement presence during the busy summer months.”
Additional patrols in downtown Minneapolis are part of the annual summer SafeZone initiative. Each year, the Minneapolis Police Department, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, Metro Transit Police, and the Downtown Improvement District work in partnership to keep the downtown safe.
Law enforcement officers from the partner agencies walk, bike, and patrol the downtown beat in a proactive effort to prevent crime and respond to incidents.
“As part of the MPD Summer Strategy, there is a 25% increase in MPD officers downtown this summer and we are seeing a 17% reduction in violent crimes downtown compared to this time last year,” said Chief Harteau.
Both Chief Harteau and Sheriff Stanek asked people for their suggestions about improving the perception of downtown public safety. They stopped by several businesses on Nicollet Mall. They spoke with people as they walked the beat and they met with people who were dining at restaurants with sidewalk patios.
Additional Sheriff’s Office patrols began on Memorial Day and the Sheriff’s Office has had approximately 5,000 contacts with citizens and businesses so far this summer.