MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The message from police in Minneapolis is clear — downtown is safe.
Officers from Minneapolis joined forces Wednesday with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s office and Metro Transit police to continue their “SafeZone” collaboration.READ MORE: Enbridge Energy: Pierced Aquifer Near Minnesota Section Of Oil Pipeline Fixed
It started almost 10 years ago as a way to ensure downtown was a safe place for folks to visit, work and live.READ MORE: Minneapolis Man Pleads Guilty To Robbing 2 Speedway Gas Stations, Super 8 Hotel
“The perception of downtown was it wasn’t safe, and now we have both perception and reality are the same,” Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau said. “Downtown is a great, safe, vital place to be.”
The SafeZone project increases patrols in the downtown area over the summer, which is the busiest part of the year in Minneapolis.MORE NEWS: Brennon Sayers Pleads Guilty To Shooting 2 Men On Red Lake Reservation
Citizens will see extra patrols on the streets, as well as on buses and trains.