U of M to hold 2nd public safety forum
Wednesday, University of Minnesota officials are hosting a second public safety forum.
According to the university, officials will provide updates on what the university and the City of Minneapolis are doing to address safety around campus. They will also hear community members’ questions and concerns.
According to the university, newly-appointed Minneapolis Community Safety Commissioner Cedric Alexander as well as University of Minnesota Police Department Chief Matt Clark and President Joan Gabel are set to attend the hearing Wednesday evening.
The first hearing was held in July, after many parents of university students started asking if the campus is safe for their children.
Concerns were raised after July gunfire near Dinkytown apartment buildings, where many university students live.
In June, a shooting outside a problem property on Fraternity Row ended with 50 rounds fired and a 15-year-old shot in the leg.
As previously reported, in early June, the University of Minnesota Police Department stated there was a 45% increase in violent crime surrounding the Twin Cities campus since 2019.
Wednesday’s hearing will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. in Cowles Auditorium at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. There is also an option to watch the meeting online, which can be found here.
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