IRS Scam Using MPD number

MPD has received reports from people who said that they were contacted by someone who claimed to be with the IRS. The caller ID showed the Fifth Precinct’s main number (612) 673-5705. This is a scam. No government agency will ever call you asking for personal information like credit card numbers, bank account numbers, social security numbers, or more.

Do not give personal information to anyone who calls or emails you unexpectedly, even if they claim they are with an official government organization or bank. Even if the caller ID appears to be legitimate, if something is suspicious or someone is asking you for personal information, do not give it. After you hang up, call the official phone number of the organization and verify directly with them if it is legitimate before giving any personal identifying information.

Community Meeting 8/25/14

Friendly reminder of the upcoming Community Meeting for St. Anthony East Neighborhood

Monday, August 25, 2014 
Clare House, Conference Room
Topics: 2nd Precinct Safety & Crime update with Q&A, Info session from the Neighborhood & Community Relations Department (learn about low interest home/property loans for our neighborhood), Small Area Plan update, and anything you or your neighbors bring to the discussion table
Questions? Call Abby, your SAENA Administrator – 612-331-6514 or email
See you there!

2PAC Meeting, Wednesday, July 16

2nd Precinct Advisory Council Meeting, open to public
Wed, July 16, 6pm
We will meet at the at Central Avenue Apartments Community room, at 1900 Central Avenue NE, across from the 2nd Precinct

Hear from Judge Lois Conroy about the Downtown 100, the 2PAC survey, and more!

To learn more about this meeting’s speaker and topics of interest, please visit the website.

Fireworks Concerns? Address them properly.

Happy Independence Day (week)!
As we all know, fireworks play a role in our nation’s celebration of independence. Hopefully, all your experiences this year will be phenomenal, but if you do have concerns, here’s how to address them in our fine city of Minneapolis:

Minneapolis City of Lakes

Fireworks reports can be made via 311 online, through mobile app, and by phone; call 911 for fireworks-related life safety or fire hazard concerns.

Fourth of July fireworks are part of many people’s Independence Day celebrations, and the noise complaints and safety issues they generate lead to high call volumes at 911 call centers across the country. That’s why the City of Minneapolis and its police and fire departments want to make sure folks know what to do if they have fireworks-related complaints this summer.

On a typical 4th of July evening, Minneapolis 911 will receive 300-400 calls per hour, most of which are related to fireworks noise complaints. On a normal day, Minneapolis 911 will receive fewer than 100 calls per hour. Because of the huge volume of calls, police officers cannot be dispatched to each fireworks noise incident on or near the 4th of July.

Minneapolis 911 increases staffing during this busy period, but folks can help make sure emergency calls are answered as quickly as possible, by not calling 911 with fireworks noise complaints. Instead, noise reports can be made online, through the 311 mobile app or by calling 311.

Reducing the number of noise complaints to 911 will help ensure that 911 emergency calls are answered as quickly as possible, and that all emergency responders are available to respond to calls about more serious crimes, fires and medical emergencies.

Residents should note that 311 is closed Friday, July 4 and open from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 5 and Sunday, July 6, but the mobile application can be used any time to make a report. City staff will review the complaint and may follow up with the property owner the complaint is about, but a police squad will not be dispatched.

For fireworks-related issues that pose life safety threats or fire hazards, residents should call 911 and police, fire or medical help will be dispatched.

Examples of calls that should go to 911 include:

• A situation where a person has been injured by fireworks

• airborne fireworks landing on a building or wooded area posing a fire risk, or

• when the size of the fireworks gathering and the unruly behavior of the people involved

Luther Krueger, Crime Prevention Analyst
Minneapolis Police Dept., Strategic Information/Crime Analysis Division
350 S. 5th Street, Room 100 City Hall + Minneapolis MN 55415
612-673-5371 [Call: 612-673-5371] +

For your first contact regarding crime issues in your area contact your Crime Prevention Specialists

For certified copies of MPD public information reports, contact our Records Information Unit.

Volunteer Opportunity – NE Courtwatch

Below is some information from Crime Prevention Specialist, Tom Thompson regarding a new program for the Eastside of Minneapolis. They’d like at least one representative from each neighborhood – so get involved and represent St. Anthony East!


We have been working on setting up a Courtwatch program in NE Minneapolis in the 2nd Precinct.  After our first meeting, it was decided that this program would be for all of Eastside Minneapolis.  Both NE and SE Minneapolis, all of the 2nd Precinct.

If you are interested in getting involved in this program, send an e-mail so we can put your e-mail address into our Courtwatch system.  Also attend the meetings, which are going to be held in conjunction with 2-PAC for a few months.  The meetings will be the 2nd Monday of each month, at 6 pm, at 1900 Central Ave (Monroe Village).

If you live North of Broadway St NE, then e-mail

If you live south of Broadway St NE, then e-mail

Thank you.


Here is the original e-mail for those who are wondering what Courtwatch is all about;


We talk a lot about crime and statistics.  Have you ever wondered what happens to the people who are arrested in your area?  Have you ever wondered what happens when someone accused of a crime goes to court?  Have you ever wondered why some people seem to get punished more than others?  Those are just a couple questions we could help you answer.

I am looking to see if there are enough volunteers willing to make a NorthEast Courtwatch program viable.  I would like to see at least one volunteer from each neighborhood.  Courtwatch members can be anyone who lives here or works here.  The neighborhood volunteers would decide which arrests, in their neighborhood, would be monitored by Courtwatch.

What is the commitment?  One meeting a month and then during the month possibly sending out e-mails or talking to neighbors to get Community Impact Statements for cases being monitored by the Courtwatch program.

What would the program look like?  That’s up to you.  Here is what we did in the 5th Precinct;
–  As a group we decide which crimes we want to monitor.  (ie; burglary, robbery, graffiti, auto theft, whatever you would like to track).
–  Then I set up a list so I get notified each time there is an arrest in the precinct for those crimes we are following
–  Each day I look to see if there was an arrest the night before,  (only adult arrests, no juvenile arrests, as they are not public info)
–  If there was, I send each Courtwatch volunteer a copy of the arrestees history of arrests (in Minneapolis only) since 2005.
–  I also send out a copy of the Minneapolis Police Report to each volunteer (public information only).
–  We then set a limit of say 20 arrests (just for sake of a number here).  If the person has had 20 arrests in Minneapolis since 2005 they are automatically put on the Courtwatch list.  If they haven’t had the set number of arrests, then the neighborhood volunteer determines if that person should be on the list based on the crimes impact to their neighborhood.
–  The City and CountyAttorney’s Office is also hopefully involved.  They monitor whether the arrested people are charged.  They then report to the volunteers at the meeting of the status of court cases.
–  The City and CountyAttorney’s request community impact statements.  The volunteers then go out to the neighborhoods (through e-mail or talking) to get people to write impact statements.
–  We continue to track people through the court system, through sentencing.

Do you want to have an impact on crime?  Do you want to have an impact on the court system?  If you think this is a way to accomplish that, let me know.  Remember, Courtwatch is a community driven program.  It can only happen with community volunteers.  Let me know if you want to volunteer.  If we can find enough volunteers I will work to get the process set up for us.

For questions, contact:

Tom Thompson, Crime Prevention Specialist
Minneapolis Police Department, 2nd Precinct
(612) 673-2874

To Protect With Courage
To Serve With Compassion”

Minneapolis Police Activities League Yogathon

“This is an all levels class to benefit the Minneapolis Police Activities League, which promotes fitness and recreation activities for at-risk youth in Minneapolis.  You do not need to be a member of PAL or Lifetime to participate.  Come out and show your support!”

Where: Lifetime Fitness Target Center – LifePower Yoga Center

600 N. 1st Avenue, Minneapolis

When: April 16, 2011

Time: 1:00-2:30pm

More information…

Graffiti Info from the Crime Prevention Specialist

In an e-mail from March 15th, Tom Thompson wrote:


At last nights 2PAC meeting there were a number of questions about graffiti and graffiti removal.  I talked to Susan Young from Minneapolis Solid Waste this morning and got the answers to some of your questions.

1.  To report graffiti online go to;
– You have the option to attach a photo on this site, however it is not required to use this site; or,

2.  You can call 311 to report graffiti anywhere in the city.

3.  If the graffiti is on city property/government property/electric boxes, etc you can go online or call 311 to report it.  The city is supposed to get to it within 3 days of receiving the report.

4.  If the graffiti is on your property.  You are usually responsible for removing it.  If you don’t remove it and someone calls it in or the City sees it you will get a notice to remove the graffiti.  You will have 7 days from the notice date to remove the graffiti.  If you do not remove it, the City may come and remove it and then charge you for the cost of removal.  If you get a letter and cannot remove the graffiti right away (i.e., too cold, out of town, etc.) call 612-673-2789 and let them know right away, so you can try to get extra time.

5.  If the graffiti on your property is tagger graffiti (the vast majority of graffiti) you will be responsible for the clean-up.  However, if the property that has graffiti on it is GANG graffiti (the City can let you know if it is gang graffiti, most graffiti is not gang graffiti); AND the property is not a residence; AND the property is within 5 feet of a right of way (close to the alley, etc); then the city will clean it for you at no charge.

6.  Susan also added; if you notice someone suspicious, particularly in the alleys or around the utility boxes, etc., please call 911.  We want to catch the people who are putting this graffiti up.

I hope this helps answer some of the questions raised last night.




For questions, contact:

Tom Thompson, Crime Prevention Specialist
Minneapolis Police Department, 2nd Precinct
(612) 673-2874

To Protect With Courage
To Serve With Compassion