The Minneapolis Police Department is constantly analyzing crime data to improve how we respond to crime patterns. Recently, we’ve had an increase in shooting incidents on the city’s north side. To combat this issue, Chief Harteau and the MPD have refocused, and sent resources to the area, particularly on weekend evenings.
Late last week the Chief ordered one squad car with two officers to be moved from Precincts 1, 2, 3 and 5 during these shifts to help patrol these gun violence hot spots in the 4th Precinct (it should be noted that those officer patrols were replaced by additional shifts). In addition, Community Response Teams from these precincts are also, and will also, be patrolling on the north side on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings. The staffing increases will continue until further notice.
We noticed the increase in patrols seem to be making a difference. Registered hits on our gunshot-detecting technology system known as ShotSpotter decreased 49%, from 41 incidents down to 21 when compared to the previous weekend on the north side. 9-1-1 calls concerning shots fired in the same geographic area dropped by 75% over the same time period (from 24 calls to 6). Meanwhile, directed patrol efforts in the 4th Precinct increased significantly; during the third weekend in April, MPD Officers logged 78 directed patrol efforts focused on gun violence hotspots. With the increase in staffing levels, directed patrol efforts totaled 142 during the 4th weekend of the month.
It should be noted that Chief Harteau and Mayor Hodges, alongside community partners, continue to focus on comprehensive, longer-term plans and initiatives to combat gun violence. We will continue to update you on those plans moving forward in the coming weeks and months.