I am committed to transforming our public safety in Minneapolis to a holistic, public health approach that gets people the help they need and prevents crime before it causes harm in our communities. I’m proud to have led throughout my first City Council term to lay the groundwork for a broader, more dynamic public safety system. It is time to move beyond our one-size-fits-all status quo.
Here are just a few of the ways I’ve led on public safety during my first term:
In 2017, I voted to create the Office of Violence Prevention to centralize and lead the City’s work to deepen our public health approach to public safety. I also supported establishing a 911 workgroup to get real data on what residents need when they call 911 for help and inform the creation of more dynamic responses to better meet people’s needs. I have continued to support increasing resources for violence prevention, specialized mental health crisis response, and more -- urgent work that the horrific killing of George Floyd at the hands of MPD officers made brutally clear we need to accelerate and build upon.
While I have consistently supported funding to ensure MPD has adequate resources to respond to violent and extreme situations -- including an overtime fund I created last year with added transparency and accountability requirements -- I have also sought to make sure our police force is operating as efficiently as possible.
I secured funding for an efficiency study that is in process now and will help us identify opportunities where the police can operate more efficiently and effectively. This will enable us to continue to reinvest in solutions we know community members want to see, including specialized mental health response, non-emergency alternatives for report only calls and expansion of the great work being done by our Office of Violence Prevention.
I am proud to be a coauthor of the Transforming Public Safety Charter Amendment, which would allow voters this November to create an accountable, holistic Department of Public Safety to ensure police are operating in cooperation with our many other public safety strategies.
There is widespread agreement in our community that the people of Minneapolis deserve a public safety system that keeps everyone in our city safe. To get there, we need to make sure the City is not just relying on police to respond to crime after it happens. Instead, we must focus on addressing the root causes and systemic problems that lead to crime and violence in the first place. We must ensure our police are working in sync with our mental health crisis response, with violence prevention programs, and with our communities.
Read more about this in my article in the Nokomis Messenger here.
In my next term I will work alongside Ward 11 neighbors to:
Transform our failing public safety system into one that works for everybody, including by investing more in mental health providers, creating victims services, and resources for unsheltered homelessness. We are living through an important moment where it’s time we take a hard look at our status quo and take on the challenge, together, of doing things better. We have the exciting opportunity to step into a future that more fully reflects our shared values of equity, justice, and safety for all.
Operationalize the results of the MPD staff efficiency study I funded to determine how much and what type of staff will help reduce crime in the city.
Create a system of public safety that addresses the crime we see in Ward 11, including advocating for investigations for property crimes and the fair enforcement of traffic laws.
Continue to meet weekly with MPD Inspectors who oversee our Ward 11 community to make sure neighbors' concerns are heard. I have built strong relationships with our local MPD leaders and continue to work in partnership with them to ensure Ward 11 neighbors receive prompt and appropriate responses to their calls.