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"Statistics show violent crime rose slightly"----------------------------------------------
What are the figures? What kind of a report is this?
Ryback, You do you mean get you want to get the guns from crimianls off the streets right?
Walk a beat when they have time? Worked pretty good in the old days but most cops will make sure "they are too busy" to walk a beat at night.
Absolutely, we need these officers out walking the streets, not staring at a laptop in their squad cars. That's how crime is prevented, not just responded to. This goes for Metro Transit police too...I'm not sure why they even have cars. Wanna serve and protect transit passengers? Ride the buses/trains...that's where we are, not in your squad car.
Walk a beat? Just hit all the rental properties. That should do it.
They are missing a stat. How many of those 658 guns where legally registered firearms, vs how many are bought on the black market or on the street.
Believe me folks there won't be any foot beats. Staffing too short and it's too dangerous. Sitting ducks out there. No thanks.
Rybak says the city is also going to continue its efforts to get guns off the streets.
Gonna address the culture? Good luck.
Hummmmm...each precinct is about about one quarter of the city (not counting downtown and most precincts are putting out 4 to 6 cars (squads) at any one shift. So when you take any one of those cars out for a foot beat, you are taking them out of action for responding to calls....are you following? So when you're needing help RIGHT NOW, an officer from another district or precinct will have to come unless of course they are answering one of the almost 400,000 calls for service Mpls officers respond to. So that means less officers to respond to your help call and a larger area to do it from. Makes sense to me! Go for it!
This is great. A police chief who will not fall into R.T.'s rhetoric about how crime is down by 59%. Minneapolis has become increasingly violent under R.T.'s reign. The mayor has not provided the correct "opportunities" in the correct areas of Minneapolis to avoid the senseless robberies and killings that happen on a weekly basis.
Maybe this police chief will question the murders of two children in north Minneapolis: Mayes and Jones. There is information coming forward from community members that know a lot more than what's being told and reported.
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