June 15, 2011 (MINNEAPOLIS) Today the Minneapolis Police Department’s First Precinct partnership with the Downtown Improvement District, in conjunction with the MPD’s Juvenile Division School Resource Officer section announces a summer youth intervention program.
The program, called Downtown Youth Connect, will address crimes committed by youth; loitering and the potential for youth to become victims of crime in the Downtown core using MPD School Resource Officers (SRO’s). The SRO’s will also partner with other programs to assist youth with specific needs.
Downtown Youth Connect will use MPD SRO’s in beat patrols in areas identified as having a high concentration of youth during the beat hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Fridays. The program will begin today and continue through August 26th.
To complete their duties SRO’s will be walking, doing bicycle patrols, using the First Precinct’s T3 vehicles and the new Ranger side by side utility vehicles.
The goals of the program include:
- Crime reduction
- Police visibility
- Building relationships and trust with youth in the program area
- Promotion of the PAL and Step Up programs
- Next day curfew violation follow-up with parents
- Focusing on chronic youth criminal offenders
- Maximizing relationships with area businesses and community members especially in relation to youth issues
- Collaboration with YouthLINK and juvenile probation.
MPD Inspector Kris Arneson, who commands the First Precinct, said of the program, “This will give our officers who are already familiar with kids from the schools a chance to continue that interaction and relationship building while working to address community issues surrounding youth in the Downtown core. Additionally these patrols will increase police presence and work with other resources to provide a safe summer for all youth who come to the downtown area.”
Commenting on the use of the SRO’s for this program Captain Ike Delugo, commander of the Juvenile Division, stated, “The officers in the SRO program are carefully selected for their ability to interact with youth, gain their trust and provide kids with access to resources
in ways that the normal patrol officer cannot. Using these officers for this program is an excellent use of their talents when school is not in session.”
Downtown Youth Conduct Guidelines- Final
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