MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — Police say Minneapolis has the lowest violent crime levels in more than 25 years, and has capped a four-year streak of reductions in violent crime.

Mayor R.T. Rybak and Police Chief Tim Dolan held a news conference Monday to talk about strategies they used to fight crime.

“Our officers continue to work hard for the people of Minneapolis, and they should be proud of the results they’ve achieved,” said Dolan.

According to a city news release, robbery, aggravated assault, and rape are all down year-to-date between about 3 and 7 percent from 2009.

The number of homicides is up since last year, but 2008, 2009, and 2010 so far have the lowest homicide levels in 25 years or more.

Early in the year, it appeared as though homicides were set to spike.

“This year started out with a few challenging months, but we didn’t panic,” said Rybak. “We worked harder and smarter. We analyzed our data, determined what was driving the increase in violence and adjusted our tactics.”

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Comments (15)
  1. Mike says:

    Don’t let Rybak fool you, remember your taxes are going up and all of the lawsuits the city has paid out! ” We admit no guilt but we will pay out thousands” Vote the bum out!!

  2. Jackie says:

    The crime went down because all the thugs moved to ST Paul

  3. PezzedOffinMPLS says:

    Maybe the crime went down due to less getting reported or showing up on the books.
    Murders are up and unless I am mistaken – are they not the most violent of “violent crimes” ?
    RT and the PD sure can do a swing dance well, can’t they !!!!!

  4. david says:

    Hopefully the press conference is between themselves as they are the only ones that believe it.

  5. Donnie G says:

    Violent crime is not down. It is how they are reporting them to skew the stats. It is actually up. It is just a way to prime the pump to layoff more cops and firefighters.

  6. D. Lindberg says:

    DG, you are correct. It seems that the 2008, 2009 and 2010 homicide rates are the lowest in years due to an unususlly low year in 2009. If they were to go back in and add 2007 in then this would not be the case. Same if they were to replace the 2009 numbers with the 2008 or 2010 numbers. They are playing with the curve, instead of doing what most statusticians do by throwing out the most unusally high and low number to get more of a true reading of what is actually going on.

  7. PezzedOffinMPLS says:

    Folks-what ya expect? It’s RT the Liar and Desperate Dolan doing the MN Tap Dance again.
    What is so fricken odd here to me is this – people do buy into this stuff as they relect the muttman. So is it Minneapolis residents are stupid or just don’t care anymore?

  8. BostonBob says:

    Well Well Well – a truly safe city where one can go skiing and get sexually assualted, shot in any spot in the city, raped, mugged, beaten, robbed and buy dope off any corner around and we are now to think we are SAFER????
    You sleezy politians are so corrupt morally and begging to grab my vote you will always say anything.

  9. powder horn for peace says:

    Let’s see. Using the City’s stats, the most violent crimes, murders, are up over 100%. Over the last 2 years, rapes are up over 1%. These are the two worst crimes ever. One takes a life and the other is an ultimate violation. What about property crimes? They are up. I guess our leaders would just like for us to have out things of value taken. There are not enough police on the streets and I have a feeling that there is a seriousl under reporting of these crimes due to the wait times citizens are experiencing because of the lack of police.

  10. WakeUp says:

    But they have no money for police they say …. but just wait, a Dome may be a coming and ……. little funky water fountains good says RT …. and all these artsy fartsy things aren’t free of course but …. goodness. Crime is down and we can walk the streets at night knowing all is well. Way to go Mayor and Council. You have totally made us safe with your BS and shenanigans.

  11. Mark from mntaxwaste.com says:

    Simply the worst news, it’s a joke to them. Crime is on the rise in the Twin Cities as a whole. Rybak is so good at spinning the truth.

  12. mark from mntaxwaste.com says:

    This is just getting so old if you want to see some wasted tax dollars go to

  13. Sweet Jesus Save us! says:

    Politicians have lost my respect and trust. I think the corrupt rich have too much power and influence over them. White collar crime by far cost the tax payers the most. We are losing our homes, jobs, police, fireman to them? Many are just one step away from financial disaster and the corrupt rich are just getting greedier. Its hard for me to believe that crime will be going down when jobs are scarce, people are going hungry, living on the streets, and unemployment is running out.

  14. I say bs says:

    B.S. reporting & B.S. statistics.
    CBS Minn is in some ones pocket

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