MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Recent numbers show violent crime is down in Minneapolis.

On Monday morning, Mayor R.T. Rybak and Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan talked about the numbers at a news conference.

In the first six months of 2011, violent crime has fallen close to 15 percent, compared to the same time period in 2010.

According to Dolan, the reason behind the reduced crime is clear.

“I think the biggest reasons for these reductions are the men and women of the Minneapolis Police Department,” said Dolan. “When you look at the patterns that we are dealing with — and we still have plenty of patterns that are out there, issues out there — they are on them quick. They’re proactive. They’re aggressive. They’re doing what they need to do.”

Violent crime has fallen in Minneapolis for six straight years. In 2010, violent crime fell to a 28-year low.

Comments (42)
  1. Jim says:

    This is going to be a real blow to racists who like to post here about how diversity is ruining the state, and certain groups of people should stay in the same neighborhood and kill each other. Facts can be inconvenient sometimes.

    1. @Jim says:

      Violent crime is down across the country, go look it up, so this is hardly news. Please enlighten me how brininging thousands of somali and other groups in here, paying them and letting them live free is helping our state? Good example for you im at a private outdoor party, a somali boy walks into backyard and grabs a beverage from the cooler, i mean tries to he was told how it was immediatly, you see there all used to getting everything free

    2. Jake says:

      Give it time, Jim. The summer isn’t even half over yet. I do give the MPD some credit though. Maybe Dolan should be the NEXT MAYOR.

    3. Foge says:

      Crime is moving out of the suburbs. All the Minneapolis Police are doing is pushing it out further to Richfield, Edina, Brooklyn Center, etc… Do more research…. Also, if you look at the crime stats, this is not the busiest part of the year. Give it a month.

  2. dan says:

    Glad to see the Police are proactive, aggressive and doing what they need to do.

  3. DirtyCop says:

    Then the percentage of police harassment charges should be increasing right?

  4. pat says:

    I am certainlly glad for the Mpls Police Department, however it is no thanks to Rybek, he is an anti police mayor and always has been. One of the reasons crime is down in our small neightborhood is property owners have hired off duty police to patrol the area, that has made a huge difference as well as merchants and property owners have made a c ommittment fto pepper spray any thug that won’t move on, boht have been extremely effective

    1. Brian says:

      Pat, I think you’re exactly right. Rybek would be a difficult person for an officer to work for. That said, I think the kudos here should go solely to the Mpls PD…from Dolan on down to the newest rookie officer. They’re all doing the leg work to get these results. Hats off to the boys in blue!!!!

  5. so bad says:

    one of the main reasons… Mpls is exporting their worst to the outer counties, They are paying the out lying counties to take the thugs and the huge welfare mamas. Thanks Wright County for bringing the crime and deadbeats to our beautiful community. Our crime is up and so is the trash, the Mcdonalds bags never make it to the garbage can they just land on the curb and street side. Time for some new folks on the county board. There is an apartment communithy by the health club, you can watch the drug deals all night.

    1. Jake says:

      Yeah, crime is down in Mpls, probably UP EVERYWHERE ELSE.

  6. Randy says:

    10K people left north Minneapolis last year for the ‘burbs. Drug/Crime money is still interchangeable with USD.

  7. sam says:

    a chart or something would have been nice

  8. Fed Up says:

    Violent crime in MPLS is down, in Brooklyn Park its up. Now if only there were a connection…

  9. DP says:

    Crime willl always be everywhere. Welfare will always be. America was built on crime and and it thrives in a institutionalized fashion. Crime is not governed by poor people. You got people thats filthy rich that commit the most hideous atrocities. Who gives anyone the right to commit crime, whether you got a ski mask on or a suit?

  10. Nick says:


  11. noway says:

    that must be just for today haha

  12. Norge says:

    Notice how the liberal media makes no mention of the fact that this co-incides with dramtic increases in the number of concealed-carry permits issued! The convicts are on notice that they no-longer are attacking unarmed victims…the tables have been turned! Not surprisinly no liberal wants to admit it is a major factor!

    1. Blah Blah says:

      Norge, I gotta ask what are you saying? Don’t you know that you shouldn’t confuse a liberal with facts?

      1. Jim says:

        I’m a liberal who supports gun rights and conceal-carry laws. Weird, huh? Is this one of those facts that’s supposed to confuse me?

        1. Blah Blah says:

          And you’re also a blow-hard, so what is your point?

          1. Jim says:

            A blow-hard? LOL. So you have absolutely nothing of substance to contribute. Blah Blah is an appropriate name.

        2. Jake says:

          Something must be wrong with you, Jim. You don’t make any sense. And yes, you could be confused.

    2. I would like to know says:

      Can you provide any solid evidence to prove your point?

  13. not sure says:

    Well considering all the high profile crimes lately (three shootings in one night comes to mind downtown), I’m surprised crime is reported as being down. Actually maybe it’s just that the shootings and stabbings moved out of the NE and north to other parts of the city where they are now getting more media attention. Almost daily there is another gun crime in the news in minneapolis (home invasion, shooting, drive by, etc). At least that’s what it feels like in seeing the news or online police reports.

    1. Jim says:

      Watch the local news every night and the world will seem like a very scary place. Gun fights and deadly car crashes everywhere.

  14. bob says:

    Crime stats can turned one way or another. If they are using the UCR is a reference point that only calculates crimes reported to the police. So it does not paint a good picture of real crime numbers. Once they have said they used the UCR, NCVS and self surveys to come up with their crime stats then I might believe them.

    1. Diggs says:

      Bob, you strike me as a college-aged criminal justice major. You should know that the NCVS is no more reliable than the UCR. Both have flaws. Yes the UCR doesn’t have data on unreported crimes. But that’s a much smaller problem than unsubstantiated claims (which is what the NCVS thrives on). Going to the NCVS for crime statistics is like going to the National Enquirer for the latest news. Crime statistics need to be based on solid figures. Sorry.

      1. bob says:

        I meant put them all together to get a look at crime stats. I would think that would give a better picture of crime states. And you are right I am going for my C J major lol

  15. Jenny says:

    Brooklyn park is now the gang and crime city in Minnesota.A young women/kids 17 years old was just pistol wipped and then shot in the head.And the police department telling 5/kstp news brooklyn park violent crime is down 4%.A young women 17 years old was just killed and brooklyn park police telling 5/kstp news about such a low number can you say cover up by police on how bad it really is in brooklyn park.Can the news do the job of telling the facts about crime not just in minneapolis but the crime and gang city of the state of Minnesota.

    1. Kim says:

      I agree that gangs and crime run wild in Brooklyn park and no one and I say no one in the news will tell the facts it is a cover up.Look at the numbers Brooklyn park to Plymouth,Maple grove,Bloomington,and so on the number are out of control for Brooklyn park.Why is it that no one cares about Brooklyn park???

      1. Brian says:

        @Jenny and Kim-you’re both idiots. Neither of you can spell or come up with a coherent sentence. These “numbers” you’re talking about will, as you put it, tell the whole story. You’ve seen these “numbers”? You two base your observations on what the media TELLS YOU, not what you’ve found out for yourself through research (P.S. facebook is not research). Just an FYI, the media is not interested in TRUTH, they’re interested in what generates ratings and sells papers. So buy everything they sell you, then go ba ba ba back to pasture with the other sheep.

  16. Keep it Clean says:

    As a land lord in Robbinsdale I will not rent to anybody from N Mpls or Brooklyn park…

    1. em0886 says:

      That’s ridiculous…ur profiling everyone from that area then. Good luck with your business! lol

    2. just saying says:

      If you’re a landlord in Robbinsdale, you wouldn’t be renting in Brooklyn Park or Minneapolis, would you now?

      So if my kid wanted to rent your shack in Robbinsdale because it allowed her to move closer to a job (for example) you wouldn’t allow her to rent just based on previous addresses? What an a$$.

      What if I owned 3 other houses in the listed community, and could well afford your little shack? Still not? Well, you’re still an a$$.

      And I’m calling your bluff because money talks in your little world.

  17. drummer says:

    The police chief knows he’s full of BS. His folks have nothing to do with the crime rate being lower. There are many factors, but the most important, like it or not, is abortion.


  18. Jim Saporito says:

    I would like to hear a news conference given by those who live in thuggy parts of town; you know, those who are not a part of the problem. I will believe what they have to say.

  19. ED says:

    tina you sound like a little white B@#$%

    1. sad but true says:

      maybe so, but she’s a smoking hot white B@#$%

  20. Down? Imagine what it was says:

    If it’s down this year, imagine what it was?!?! YIKES.

  21. Northsider says:

    They should really say what the numbers are for the twin cities metro area. All the criminals I know are constantly moving but never make it very far out of the cities.

  22. just sayin says:

    It’s down because the tornado caused a lot of them to lose their homes so they had to go back to chicago and the likes. 🙂

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