Minneapolis to create new office to combat violence

February 23, 2019 09:27 AM

The city of Minneapolis is taking a new step in its fight against violence by establishing the Office of Violence Prevention.

The Office of Violence Prevention will be part of the Health Department and will oversee the city's efforts to reduce the risk of violence citywide. In the past, the focus has been on youth violence. But it's expanding.

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"The office will look across the cities at other kinds of prevention efforts that are going on in other departments. In the City Attorney's Office, neighborhood community relations, city coordinators office and really try and align them more so that we get the most impact out of all these efforts," Minneapolis Health Department Commissioner Gretchen Musicant said.


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Violent crimes are already trending down in Minneapolis. The number of violent crimes have dropped from more than 4,600 in 2016 and 2017 to around 3,800 in 2018, according to police department crime data.

"In many ways I think Minneapolis is already on the road to the king of success that we want to see, and it's out of that success we are building yet another layer," Musicant said.

Next week, the City Council will set qualifications for the person they are hoping to hire for the office. Musicant says one of the directors in the health department is expected to lead the new office. 

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