SAENA considering updating street lights

SAENA has money ear-marked for updated street lighting… We need to decide if this project is something we’d like to pursue.

The link below contains the Minneapolis Street Lighting Policies.

This is a good start to understanding the process and basic information the City provides.

At the Community Meeting last night (January 26) this information was shared by a member of the Minneapolis Public Works Department.

Vehicle Saftey Tip from the 3rd Precinct

Over the last couple of weeks we’ve seen an increase in vehicle thefts and thefts from auto (“car breakins”). YOU CAN DRAMATICALLY REDUCE YOUR CHANCES OF BEING A VICTIM BY TAKING A FEW SIMPLE PRECAUTIONS.

Tips to prevent vehicle-related theft:

Lock your vehicle to reduce opportunity of theft. Lock doors while driving and upon exiting the vehicle.

Do not leave keys in your vehicle.

Do not leave valuables in vehicles. This includes items such as purses, laptops, iPods, sunglasses, and loose change. Remove face plates of after-market stereos.

If you must transport valuables, place them in the trunk prior to reaching your destination.

Do not leave garage door opener in plain view; treat it as a key to your property.

Pay attention to unusual behavior in your neighborhood. Call 911 to report suspicious persons or activity. Since a majority of these crimes are occurring at night, be especially alert to noises such as breaking glass.

Close windows when vehicle is parked and avoid having windows wide open when driving.

Always park in well-lit areas.

Utilize secure parking. A majority of vehicle-related thefts occur to vehicles parked on the street.

Use visible deterrents such as the steering wheel bar, also called the “Club,” to make a vehicle difficult to steal. If you have an alarm system in your vehicle, use it.

Do not leave vehicles running unattended. Minneapolis police may issue citations to unattended parked vehicles left running on the street or in the alley.

For questions, contact:

Don Greeley, Crime Prevention Specialist
Minneapolis Police Department, 3rd Precinct
(612) 673-3482

John Baumann, Crime Prevention Specialist
Midtown Safety Center, 2949 Chicago Ave. S.
(612) 825-6138

To Protect With Courage
To Serve With Compassion

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”

311 or 911? A Note from the Crime Prevention Specialist


We have had a couple issues and questions recently about whether a call should go to 311 or 911.

When to call 311 = when you are looking to ask a question, get information on city services, or talk to a city employee directly, but don’t know their phone number or which person specificially you should talk to.

When to call 911 = When you have an emergency and need police immediately.  When you see SUSPICIOUS acitivity/people that the police should know about, because it is happening right now, or just happened.  Any time you think the police need to know right now that something strange is going on on your block or in the city.

You know your neighborhood better than anyone.  If you see, hear or feel something that just isn’t right; and you think the police should know about it right now because it just happened or is still going on; that’s a 911 call.  If you have a good description of something/someone that just occured or is still happening that’s a 911 call.

I hope this helps you.  Thanks


For questions, contact:

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

To Protect With Courage
To Serve With Compassion


Buckets of information from the City of Minneapolis

In this update from the city: Upcoming Events, School Safety Tips, and Board and Commission Openings

Upcoming Events

  • PAC (Police and Community Meeting) – September 13th at 6:00 p.m. at Monroe Village, 1900 Central Ave NE – The University of Minnesota Police Department will give a presentation on what their department does and how they work with the Minneapolis Police Department
  • Northeast Push Cart Derby and Waite Park Fall Festival – Saturday, September 11, 2010 in Waite Park (1810 34th Avenue NE) 11:00 am – 3:00 pm  for more information, please go to:
  • Third Ward Neighborhoodfest/Summit on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 from 6:00-9:00pm at the Nicollet Island Pavilion. This year’s theme is “MAKING CONNECTIONS”, Brought to you by 3rd Ward Council Member Diane Hofstede, Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, Habitat for Humanity and East Side Neighborhood Services.
  • Weed It and Reap – NE Clean-up Days – October 7, 8, and 9, 2010 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  To learn more about volunteering visit: .

School is starting, so some safety tips for parents.

Child Safety Tips for Parents
  • Discuss the safest route to and from school – instruct your child to always stop, look, and listen; and to cross at a corner or cross-walk.
  • If your child takes a bus, tell them to wait until the bus leaves the intersection and looks both ways before crossing the street.
  • Tell your child to check with an adult before going anywhere with anyone.
  • Monitor what your child is doing on the computer.  Instruct your child not to give out personal information on the internet or to make arrangements to meet in person.
  • Do not select clothing that have your child’s name on it.  Children are more likely to trust someone who calls them by name. Know what your child is wearing each day in case you need to describe him or her.
  • Teach your child to be kind and tolerant of others. Children need to understand and accept others who are different from them. Model this behavior yourself.
  • Be alert to situations around you involving other children. Pay attention to people and details.

Information available on child safety is available at:

For more information on Back to School Tips for individuals going to college:

City seeks applicants for boards and commissions

The City is seeking applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences to serve on its boards and commissions and help shape key policy decisions and provide input about City services.

Currently, there are 112 open positions among these City advisory groups:

  • Minneapolis Arts Commission
  • Basset Creek Watershed Management Commission
  • Minneapolis Citizen Environmental Advisory Committee
  • Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights
  • Civilian Police Review Authority
  • Minneapolis Capital Long-Range Improvement Committee
  • Minneapolis Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities
  • Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission
  • Public Health Advisory Committee
  • Senior Citizens Advisory Committee Vacancy
  • Shingle Creek Watershed Management Commission
  • Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission
  • Minneapolis Telecommunications Network
  • Youth Violence Prevention Executive Committee
  • Minneapolis Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Applications will be reviewed beginning October 4, and the City Council and Mayor will make appointments this fall. For a full list of appointment opportunities and position descriptions as well as additional information visit the boards and commissions website.