Minneapolis receives award for innovative crime reduction effort

Minneapolis’ innovative crime reduction strategy – which led to a three-fold reduction in crimes by top offenders of livability crimes in the downtown area – was recognized at today’s Local Government Innovation Awards, held at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

The Downtown 100, involves an innovative partnership between the Minneapolis Police Department, the Minneapolis City Attorney’s office, the Downtown Improvement District SafeZone, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, St. Stephen’s Human Services, Hennepin County Community Corrections, the Salvation Army, 1st Precinct neighborhood associations, and other community and business stakeholders. Between 2010 and 2011, the initiative led to a 74 percent decrease in crimes committed by top offenders in downtown Minneapolis.

How the Downtown 100 works

The Minneapolis Police Department provides lists of top offenders based on crime statistics, and all the partners work together to reduce the chances those people will continue to reoffend. Livability crimes they’ve been involved in often include drug offenses, theft, trespassing, and disorderly conduct.

Through the assistance of a grant from the Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District, there is a Downtown prosecutor and a Downtown probation officer dedicated just to this initiative. The program’s goal is to both reduce crime in the short term and develop solutions for maintaining law-abiding conduct in the long run.

From 2010-2011, the partnership has resulted in a dramatic decrease in crimes committed by the top offenders, a higher number of offenders on supervised probation, and an increase in the number of offenders who have housing, all leading to a safer Downtown.

About the Local Government Innovation Awards

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs’ Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center (PNLC)—in collaboration with InCommons, the Association of Minnesota Counties, the League of Minnesota Cities, and the Minnesota School Boards Association present the annual Local Government Innovation Awards to recognize outstanding cities, counties, and schools that have used inventive practices to improve local services.

Published Jan 16, 2013