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.

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It started almost 10 years ago as a way to ensure downtown was a safe place for folks to visit, work and live.

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“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.

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Citizens will see extra patrols on the streets, as well as on buses and trains.