Crime Prevention Taken Seriously In Minneapolis

According to statistics the crime rate has been falling steadily all over the nation since the 1990’s. However, it is still a huge problem in some of the bigger cities across the nation. As population grows there are more problems to contend with. The fight against crime is a never ending battle and the law enforcement agencies and government officials have to be on their toes all the time or else lawlessness and social unrest will prevail.

Minneapolis, located in Minnesota, has a population a little under 400,000. Even so, the emergency services receive more than one thousand distress calls every day. And the police, the fire and EMT departments of the emergency services try to process most of them.

Due to budget constraints and the sheer reality of the situation, it is not always possible to immediately respond to all calls made for emergency services. All calls involving life threatening problems are given first priority. The less severe calls for assistance are prioritized and processed in the most logical manner to ensure the best service possible.

It takes about an hour to assess the nature of the call and dispatch a cop during the busiest of times. Each incoming call is assessed and put into low priority only if (i) there is no immediate threat to life, (ii) the caller has no injuries, (iii) the caller is not a victim of ongoing criminal action, and (iv) the offender is not an immediate threat and is not expected to return.

This prioritization of incoming calls is part of the new initiative by Minneapolis to more effectively handle crime. Rather than spread their force thin responding to low priority calls, the police ration resources so that they are always capable of handling ongoing crimes effectively. It is all part of the new CODEFOR plan.

CODEFOR is an anagram for Computer Optimized DeploymentFocus on Results. This is the new crime reduction program that involves all sections of the police force. It works on four basic ideas that include (a) to get exact and timely information on crime that is occurring, (b) to deploy personnel and resources in appropriate circumstances immediately, (c) to use effective tactics and (d) to follow-up and assess relentlessly.

In another Minneapolis initiative, a voluntary program called Watch Your Car”, the participating citizens give a declaration to the police that their car is normally not used between 1 am and 5 am and therefore give the police permission to pull their car over if and when seen on the roads during this period.

Participants are given reflective stickers that can be seen by police late at night and if they spot any vehicles with the stickers during the 1-5 a.m. window, they have the right to pull it over despite the fact that no crime has yet been witnessed. It is a radical program but it is having great results and citizens seem pleased with the plan so far.

However, it is presumptuous to consider a crime fighting initiative will be 100% effective. But, the Minneapolis police department is certainly trying its best to make the community as safe as possible for its citizens. It is a great incentive for people considering relocating to Minneapolis as the community is committed to fighting crime to make the city safe to live.

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