12.24 at the Precinct: Planning meeting

December 24 is 25 days away and we need to fine tune our annual dinner for First Responders.

This will be the 32nd  dinner for the First Responders who are scheduled to work on December 24, keeping all of us safe 365 days a year, including on this major family day.

Last year we served about 150 people and sent along many carry out containers of wonderful food for those officers to carry back to their units.  All in all, well over 200 people shared this dinner.

But the PAC board can’t do this alone.  We need your help:

Restaurants and other businesses donate food, paper products, and cash.  We need sterno cans for our chaffing dishes (the food is kept hot from noon to 10PM),  We always need sturdy paper items (plates, napkins, etc.).  Cash is always welcome to help fill the gaps.
This year’s first organization  meeting is tomorrow, Monday, Nov. 30, 6:30 at the Second Precinct.

If you have a lot of good ideas, bring them.

Can you help us with phoning?  Let us know.
Can you pick up donated items?  Let us know.
Interested in a two hour shift on the 24th?  We need help keeping the area picked up and the food safe and attractive.
Interested in a much shorter shift on the 25th when we do the final clean up?

There will be one more meeting on  December 20 or 21.

If you can’t make the meeting but want to help anyway, please contact me

Emilie Quast


or contact your Crime Prevention specialist Susan Webb or Nick Juarez




Nov. 9 Meeting Minutes

Call to order: 6:12 PM.  23 Attending.

October minutes approved

Our speaker, Captain Casidy Anderson, leads the Minneapolis Community Emergency Response Team, CERT.  Captain Anderson has more than 10 years  in the Minneapolis Fire Dept., and has led CERT for the last two years.

CERT is a FEMA program.  It was originally started in Los Angeles in the 1980s when First Responders realized that when a disaster happens, the true “first responders”  are citizens  who are already on the spot.  The Californians realized that people were sometimes putting themselves in danger trying to assist victims.  That suggested training  for awareness would benefit everyone, and a 20-hour program was designed to meet that need.

The Minneapolis program started early in 2000.  When the Fire Department moved to Regulatory Services, the program was dropped.  Cert was restarted here about two years ago, again by the Fire Department,  and is now looking for more volunteers.

The training program, open to people ages 18 and up, is about 20 hours.  Because emergency  needs are so varied, no one is too old to contribute.  Instruction covers understanding the systems in place for hazards likely to affect Mpls (fire, tornado, etc.), fire safety (identifying common risks and knowing standards for fire suppression), basic first aid, understanding safe search and rescue techniques, understanding the incident command system, psychological training, understanding terrorist techniques, and related topics.

The most important point of training is for citizens to learn how to support Fire, Police, EMTs and any other  personnel without adding to a situation.

CERT responders may be called out to do door-to-door OK checks; they may staff phone banks; they may be handing out blankets and water; they may be called upon to do any task  for which they’ve been trained  that will help in a stress situation.  CERT responders working on a call-in are covered by city liability insurance.

Probably equally important is the fact that CERT training is applicable anywhere you are.  Your skills  should be shared with family members and passed on at Block Club meetings.  You don’t know when an emergency will occur, but your CERT training will help you make the right decisions at a critical time in someone’s life.

When the program was restarted two years ago, they first contacted former volunteers and many wanted to continue.  There are  currently 250 names on the CERT list, 70 of them were trained in the last two years.  On-going training keeps people current.  They had a recent  program on recognizing IEDs, and are pleased to have a new program on emergency procedures for pets.
Currently, the program is reaching the end of the “free gear” status.  Once the money is gone, trainees will have to pay for their own gear, about $40. (gear includes a hardhat, a reflective  ID vest, basic first aid equipment, and more,  in a special backpack)

When an emergency is declared, it is NOT mandated that every trained CERT show up.  If you have shared your contact information, you’ll receive information in the mode you have requested: by phone, txt, other media.   Captain Anderson expects the next class to be organized in Spring,  2016.  For more information, check the Fire Dept website:  www.minneapolismn.gov/fire/cert or, to find a program in another city, look at: www.fema.gov/community-emergency-response-teams   Then click on the State Directory of CERT programs.

As a bonus, not only are there CERT teams in nearby  cities, other cities also offer training.  If the Minneapolis schedule doesn’t work for you, perhaps one in another city will fit your calendar better.  The training uniform so you can train in one city but register in another.


Inspector Waite was pleased to report that Halloween went by without  a major incident.  The MPD and the UMPD  coordinated in SE with good results.  The next major event will be the Viking/Packer game on November 22 —   that is another event that demands planning and  coordination.

Crime has not jumped in any sector.  There was a small increase in violent crimes, which looks like a high percentage, but the real  numbers are still low.  Burglary and property crimes are actually down, from 546 at this time of year, to 458 this year.

Inspector Waite is confident that the rise in rape is due to increased reporting, not increased incidence.  In the past, women were reluctant to report this kind of crime.  Now, they report.  Improved support programs and education drive this increased empowerment.  Inspector Waite pointed to the Aurora Program as a particularly effective program.  Check their website: http://www1.umn.edu/aurora/    [Emilie note:  The following places offer counseling and services to people who are not U of MN students: Tubman – a center for women, children and families struggling with relationship violence. (612-825-0000); Sexual Violence Center – free crisis counseling, support groups, helpline and legal/medical advocacy (612-871-5111); Pillsbury House – free integrated health clinic, which includes counseling (612-824-0708); Walk-in Counseling Center – free mental health services (612-870-0565)]

COURT WATCH:  Our city attorney, Sarah Becker, reported that Daniel Heacock is still incapable of assisting his defense;  his next  hearing is scheduled for January 19, 2016.  Preston Oz-Storm Henry has been removed from the list as he is in the St. Cloud Correctional Facility for 24 months.  Christopher Michael Perkins has a hearing set for January 11, 2016. Michael Dmar Weston-Rose had a bench warrant  issued on Sept 4, for failure to appear.  Bianka Kiersten Truman has a pretrial hearing coming up on December 9, 2015.  Jason Alexander Tucker has an open bench warrant which was issued on Sept 15 for probation violation; he is supposed to be on probation with restrictions until July of 2017.  Michael James Zaccardi had a pretrial hearing on 11-16-15.

Added to the watch list:  Curtis Laroque was added to our watch list for theft:  he stole items from an unlocked vehicle on Spring Street NE (public record, case number 15-031734).   He has had 8 arrests in the 2nd precinct since 2012 and 2 other arrests going back to 2010.  He has 8 prior convictions in several counties.

Ms Becker also reported that as of the end of September,  the City Attorney’s office prepared over 1000 cases, of which 46 went to trial and a guilty verdict came back on 42 of them.  Clearly, well-prepared cases save the taxpayer money and get results!

OLD BUSINESS:  December 24 is coming and we need volunteers.  More volunteers are needed early in the month to do phoning, solicit donations, being items to the Second Precinct and so on.  People have started signing up.  If you think you’d like to participate, contact Emilie Quast (e-quas@tc.umn.edu) and let us know.  There will be a planning meeting in the next three weeks and a Second meeting about December 18 or 19th.

Adjourn 7:37PM

November 9 meeting: CERT

Please join us on November 9 at 6PM for a presentation by a member of the Community Emergency Response Team.     We will meet at Monroe Village, 1900 Central Ave NE.  There is plenty of free parking on Central Avenue and adjacent streets.

What it is:
CERT is an acronym for Community Emergency Response Team, a program that was created in response to President Bush’s call for citizen volunteers in the community.  This program provides training to members of the public to assist First Responders when natural or accidental disasters occur in their community.

From the website: People naturally respond to others in need…. One goal of the CERT program is to help respond effectively and efficiently without placing themselves in unnecessary danger.
The official Minneapolis website for our CERT program is here:


and the FAQ:


Our courtwatch list will get an upgrade from our City and County Attorneys’ offices.  We’ll be looking for your ideas on what to include in our FAQ and general description, posted on our home page.

October 12 PAC Minutes

Call to order, 6:15, 13 attenders.
Sept meeting minutes approved.

The CERT representative was not able to attend.

PRECINCT REPORT: Inspector Waite took the opportunity to present a more detailed report on the state of the precinct.

There has been a flurry of dog thefts in the Second Precinct, including three taken in the area of 25th and Central.  These were reported on NextDoor.  The pitbull was taken during a burglary of dwelling; a maltese and chihuahua were taken from a yard and a car.   Two of the three dogs, a chihuahua and a maltese were found and returned.  Inspector has not heard more about the pitti.

Part 1 crime is up slightly, including a homicide, which was a domestic situation.  The 911 call was actually made by the suspect in the case.  Inspector Waite is confident that this increase in part 1 crime is a statistical blip.  It’s been said before:  when you have a low crime rate, as we have in the Second Precinct, even one additional event looks like a big increase.

There are more  random thefts throughout the Precinct from porches, garages, things left for a moment in a restaurant, etc.  The only apparent pattern to them is that nice weather led to more bike thefts.

The Greenline is the site of increasing theft and other problems.  The Inspector noted that entirely too often the actual crime happens in St. Paul but the next stop is in this precinct, so we get “credit” for them.  In addition to theft associated with the Greenline, the MTC Officers will stop someone for not paying to get on, and then spot something else, and again the Second Precinct is the “location”.

Protests:  Inspector Waite noted that the  protest at the 10/18 Vikings game was jointly  planned well in advance  by the MPD and the protesters.  Increasingly, protest  planners are meeting with the MPD and UMPD in advance to work out  details so that the protest can remain peaceful.  Planning accomplishes two things: the protesters protection of their  First Amendment rights by the police departments, and there is a jointly-created safety plan for all parties, including the football fans.  AIM has been holding meetings all along.

2-PAC attenders had a discussion of traffic flow during road repairs. The construction area at 18th and Johnson is causing a lot of complaints about unanticipated and poorly marked lane shifts.  Bicycle lanes are not making these surprises go any better and are an added distraction.

COURTWATCH:  We added Ryan Pularski who was picked up for disorderly conduct on 5th Street SE.  He has earned a total of 9 arrests, 7 in the Second Precinct, 3 of those over the last year.

Anthony Bilges made an Aldred plea, and will be on probation through 9/21/16.  Antoine Evans has a 70 month sentence and has been removed from our watch list.  Johnny Hall was convicted, sentenced to 13 months but will serve 180 days and then go on an “intensive” probation.  Daniel Heacock will have his competency reviewed in January.  Preston Henry pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 24 months, anticipated release is 12/16. Jaris Jovanovich pleaded guilty and got an 18 month sentence, anticipated release 3/16.  Christopher Perkins has two pending drug charges, trial 2/8/16.  Michael Weston-Rose now has a new bench warrant for failure to appear on 9/4.  Bianco Truman failed to appear and a hearing was set for 10/16.  Jason Tucker  [note-taker missed it]

2-PAC ATTENDANCE: Finally, we continued the discussion (started in Sept.) on revitalizing PAC.   Among other suggestions, Brett Miller  pointed out that people don’t identify with “Precinct Advisory Committee”, but might be more likely see themselves as part of  “Police And Community”, which keeps the acronym. Other suggestions: Police and Community Engagement, Police and Community Working Together.

Another member recalled the first PAC meeting he attended, during which a citizen received a “thank you” citation.  He was accompanied by a cheering band of neighbors, one with a drum.  This man had spotted a crime in progress and  stayed on the line sending a running description of the event until the squads could get in position.

It would be good to have an article about PAC in the Northeaster, and to send more invitations to block club leaders.  The CPS’s would have to do this as those addresses are private to the Second Precinct.

NEW BUSINESS:  Emilie received a request for a  fact sheet about  PAC, and sent one out, along with a FAQ.  She distributed copies to the attenders as drafts, and asked for revisions, corrections, and ideas about what else should be included.  If people reading these notes  have questions about PAC, please send them to me!  I’ll work on a revision and load it onto the web page.    DO consider this a work in progress.

October PAC: Topic

Please join us on October 12 at 6PM for a presentation by a member of the CERT team.  We will be meeting at 1900 Central Avenue, in our familiar Monroe Village Community Room.

Our topic is CERT

What it is:  CERT is an acronym for Community Emergency Response Team, a program that was created in response to President Bush’s call for citizen volunteers in the community.  This program provides training to members of the public to assist First Responders when natural or accidental disasters occur in their community.
The official Minneapolis website for our CERT program is here:

Minutes of the 2PAC meeting, 14, Sept, 2015

Start:                            6:15 pm

Introductions:              22 in attendance

Minutes:                      Minutes approved

Treasurer’s report:      NR

Our Speakers were U of M Police Chief Matt Clark, MPD Second Precinct Inspector Kathy Waite, and Kendre Turonie, Coordinator for Off-Campus Living at the U.

Chief Clark joined the UMPD on July 1, coming  from the MPD, where he was second in command.  The UMPD has a complex jurisdiction which includes both the Minneapolis and St. Paul campus.  UMPD is a presence in three Minneapolis police precincts, in Falcon Heights PD, and in one St. Paul precinct. Additionally, Hennepin County and Ramsey County Sheriff’s offices and the State Patrol can be called in to assist in a situation.  To coordinate all this requires excellent communication tools and skills.

UMPD is responsible for some 280 buildings, 3000 cameras (includes Morris and Duluth), 4000 security card readers (card locks).  The UMPD is currently staffed with 51 officers (adding 2 more very soon) and about 160 security guards who are assigned to building security and who serve on the 4-WALK teams.  Headquarters is on Washington Ave., and they have a satellite office.

Student safety is important on and off campus.  Five days a week, there are 75 to 80,000 people on campus, yet the crime rate is relatively low: about 0.2% of the population will be challenged by violent crime.  A weekend may see more than 50,000 people on campus for a game and most people will never be touched by any crime.

When trouble does happen, though, it will be handled on several levels.

The multiple, coordinated police forces that cover the campus areas increase presence and rapid response to 911 calls.  When an emergency occurs, squads respond on a “nearest, first” basis, though the final responsibility for an event belongs to the Police Department whose jurisdiction includes the place where the event occurred.

Additionally, the University holds students to a high level of conduct, whether they are on or off campus.  This has become an effective deterrent to misbehavior.   Rules of conduct are set out in the Student Conduct code.  Violators of the Code of Conduct may be told to leave the U, as some key people in the last Dinkytown riots discovered  (See http://oscai.umn.edu/know-code/scc-simplified for an outline of the code)

Chief Clark identified several focuses for the UMPD: Personal crisis, active shooter, bias, crowd management, sexual assault response.

One of his focuses is dealing with people in crisis.   When he arrived to speak to us on Monday night, Chief Clark and another officer had just talked a jumper off the Washington Avenue bridge.  In this as in other crisis situations, his first “tool” to de-escalate a situation is communication.  This jumper felt he was out of options, an idea Clark succeeded in turning around.  He notes that college age students face many more crisis situations than other adults.  He and his force must be skilled at handling people in crisis.

A second focus is active shooter preparation.  Officers and other first responders personnel can stage practices for this among other emergency situations.  Non UMPD  University staff members are educated with talks and videos.

A third concern to Chief Clark is “Implicit Bias” training.  The premise for this is that, without being aware, most people are biased in many ways.  Once you can identify those biases, you must neutralize them so that you can handle situations evenly.  The training program, “Fair and Impartial Policing”, a program developed by Laszlo and Fridell, opens this topic  [FFI see http://www.fairimpartialpolicing.com/people/  — ejq)

Crowd management is a constant on the U of MN campuses.  There is a crowd event almost every week on the U of MN campus.  That the public rarely hears about them is due to UMPD successful crowd management.  If nothing much happens, there is no story for the papers.

Another topic that is receiving focus is sexual assault on campus.  The University is required to investigate all reports of assault; there is an on-call investigator to make sure this happens.  The “U Can Tell Us” program has been strongly promoted because of the belief that sexual assault is under-reported on all campuses, not just the U of MN.

Inspector Waite’s report on the Second Precinct.

Inspector Waite continued with a reference to the increase in rape cases, noting that the majority are situations involving known offenders.  She hopes the increased in reporting of rape is due to the empowerment of victims and the programming in place to support these victims.   Thus the number of incidents has probably not increased, but the number of reports has increased.

Inspector Waite also noted that the crime rates in SE Minneapolis do not follow the city trends.  In SE, crime increases in the fall but drops during summer.  This is exactly the opposite pattern for the rest of the city.  MPD flexible response means that the Second Precinct is getting more help from the other precincts during Fall Semester.

Because most students live off campus, crimes against students tend to happen in the areas patrolled by officers from the Second Precinct.  Most violent crime occurs between 11 PM and 3AM.  Frequently, the victim’s awareness is impaired by alcohol.  Many have their cell phones out, which serve as a beacon light to people who want to steal them.

Inspector Waite would like to educate parents of U students so they will  help educate their kids to practice safe behavior.

Kendre Turonie, Coordinator for Off-Campus Living at the U, spoke to Inspector Waite’s comment, reminding us that Student Engagement office runs an education program during orientation.  She added that there is a Parent Communication Program, which is a good  route for messaging, especially for the first year parents as they are often in close communication with their student. Typically, this is done by email. It is harder to reach students after the first year when they move off-campus. Off-Campus Living is trying to do more outreach via social media to current students as door knocking is not as effective with this group.

Turonie further explained the on-campus housing situation:.  There isn’t enough room for all 40,000 University students to live on campus.  Only 6900 student beds are available, and the 6500 freshmen are strongly encouraged to live there; 80% of the freshmen do.

Nick Juarez has received training for a new program on personal safety.  Contact him at nicholas.juarez@minneapolismn.gov  to find out his schedule.

Second Precinct Court Watch Summary – Sarah Becker, City Attorney

Removed : Evans was removed from the watch list.  Becker found no one to add to the list.

Old business:  None.

New business: PAC Chair Larry Ranallo reminded attenders that the annual December 24th dinner for first responders is coming. This will be our 32nd meal event.  Last year we served several hundred of the first responders who were working on December 24th (and 25th).  We begin working on this event very early in December and need volunteers to make phone calls, pick up food donations from commercial kitchens, and more.  Watch these announcements for first notice of a planning meeting or contact Emilie Quast to volunteer (e-quas@tc.umn.edu).

Next 2PAC meeting: Oct 12th at 6 pm.

Adjourn: 7:42 pm

Sept. 2-PAC: Personal Safety is Up To You — Find Out How

Please join us for the MPD Second Precinct PAC, 6 PM, Sept. 14 for a special presentation on how you can better keep yourself, your home, and your car, safe and secure.

The Minneapolis Police Dept and the University of Minnesota Police Dept have been working for several years to develop a better coordinated, more comprehensive response to public safety issues.   Improved communication electronics has been a key factor in this, and now it’s going to get better.

The new UMPD Chief, Matt Clark served the MPD for 22 years, rising to second in command of that force.  His background includes time in several leadership posts, including  Emergency Services Commander, leadership at two precincts, and Academy  Supervisor.   We are very lucky to have a person leading the UMPD who has fresh overview  of how many ways the MPD and the UMPD can fit together to provide us with the best possible services.

Second Precinct Inspector Kathy Waite and Chief Clark know what tactics and services short and long term residents of the Second Precinct need to understand, but  are not using as often as they should.

Following their joint presentation, we’ll have plenty of time for you to ask about situations you wonder about.  Where do you get edgy walking home?  Wonder how to keep people out of your car? How do you made your place more secure?  Worried about car theft? This is the place to ask.

SECOND PRECINCT CRIME TRENDS: Inspector Waite will provide her monthly analysis of crime trends in the Second Precinct.

COURTWATCH: We will hear updates from the City and County Attorney’s Offices on the people we are following as they progress through the system.  Sarah Becker, the  City Attorney assigned to the Second Precinct will present her suggestions of people who could be added to our Courtwatch list.

CHANGE OF PLACE: This meeting will be at the University Lutheran Church of Hope, at 6 St. and 13th Ave SE, just  outside of Dinkytown.  We begin at 6 PM.  You’ll find ample parking on the 7th St. side.  Enter the Education and Office building door from the parking lot; signs will direct you to our meeting.

COMING SOON:  Social Resources in the Second Precinct:  We will hear from services that offer meals, food, fellowship, and more to people who need a helping hand and who live in our Precinct.  We want to create a directory of who offers what, and where they offer it.

Also:  We’re starting to think about the December 24 meal for First Responders.  For over 30 years, the Second Precinct has been the site of this special Thank You dinner.  If you want to help planning or prep this year, please send me a private email, at e-quas@tc.umn.edu

Finally, this fall, our CPS Nick Juarez will be offering a special presentation on the best way to bring down crime, and the key is YOU.  Contact Nick to see where he will be presenting: Nicholas.Juarez@minneapolismn.gov