Recent crime trends indicate a rise in assaults in the campus neighborhood of Marcy-Holmes while University of Minnesota officials have noted a drop in violent crime on campus.
While Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey recently moved to ban “warrior-style” police training, the University of Minnesota Police Department is already implementing alternatives to the controversial practices.
Burglaries on campus and in surrounding neighborhoods have risen slightly since the start of the summer, according to local crime data. University police continue to contend with homelessness on campus as temperatures rise.
Recent crime trends, including trespassing by nonresidents in apartment buildings, have sparked safety concerns in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.
While crime rates have remained stagnant on campus, the University of Minnesota area has seen a recent spike in violent crime incidents. A robbery and assault near the Knoll area and a stabbing at the Metro Green Line Station in Prospect Park were reported within the past two weeks.
University of Minnesota professor Aaron Doering pleaded guilty to felony domestic assault by strangulation Thursday after being arrested late last year for choking and slapping his fiancee in their apartment.
The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood is known for its diversity, which extends beyond residents’ cultural backgrounds and into recent conversations surrounding public safety.
The West Bank Business Association is instituting a block safety program that will seek business owners to volunteer as captains for each city block. The volunteers would maintain contact lists for businesses in their area and serve as “safety ambassadors” for neighboring businesses. The program was rolled out last week.
As teams continue to make their way through the NCAA Tournament, Minneapolis is preparing for the madness that comes with hosting the Final Four.