Minneapolis announces new public safety plans

Commissioner of Community Safety Cedric Alexander and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey explaining Operation Endeavor.
Commissioner of Community Safety Cedric Alexander (R) and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey (L) explaining Operation Endeavor. Photo credit Rusty Ray / Audacy

Minneapolis city leaders shared during a meeting today the city's new public safety plan that will look to tackle the current issues with crime in Minneapolis.

The plan is called Operation Endeavor, and Mayor Jacob Frey said police will crunch the numbers to respond to and prevent crime.

Frey noted that in the fight against crime, the city needs to ensure that they are deploying the resources they have "as strategically as possible."

Commissioner of Community Safety Cedric Alexander said officers will now be deployed where data shows crime is likely to happen, working with county, state, and federal partner agencies.

"This is a first for this community, and in this first, we knew we had to do something different," Alexander said.

Police Commander Jason Case said that the change in the plan would be noticeable to those working and living in the city.

"For people coming into work, they may see foot beats when they haven't traditionally seen foot beats," Case said.

As for the shifting of officer schedules, Case made it clear that the moves they are making are based on when data says it is needed.

"I don't think it's necessarily pulling from the night side or the evening side to the day side," Case said. "I think it's really about reallocating the resources to put them in the best areas that are going to have the most impact."

In all, Alexander shared that the changes being made under the new plan will look to make an impact on crime through the city and hopefully make a difference.

"It will only be for a brief period of time as we exercise as much flexibility as we can in order to follow the analytics of where the crime is going to be or where we predict it may happen to be," Alexander said.