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

2PAC Minutes, August 10, 2015

2PAC 10 August 2015 Meeting

START: 6 PM – Wings and stuffed mushroom caps from Moose on Monroe (Thank you, Larry!)
CALL TO ORDER: 6:12 PM
INTRODUCTIONS: 22 in attendance
MINUTES: July minutes – approved
TREAS. REPORT: $777.84

Special Weapons and Tactics team is a volunteer unit within the MPD. All officers have additional assignments in the MPD. Our speaker, Sgt. John Scheneman, is assigned to the Second Precinct.

Sgt. Scheneman opened by pointing out that most of what television and movies depict about SWAT operations is not true. The primary goal of any SWAT operation is to diffuse dangerous situations. A successful operation is one in which no one is hurt. Their best tools are experience and training in special tactics to achieve those goals. As a mark of their success, the Minneapolis team is called in for as many as 400 operations each year, and rarely is any operation “news-worthy.”

SWAT normally has 53 officers divided into four teams: Logistics (trucks, ladders, cameras, computers, hard gear), Rifle (primary function is surveillance and reporting, but these are snipers), Entry (close-quarter operations), Chemical placement specialists (tear gas and other chemicals). Negotiators are in a separate unit; Inspector Waite noted that the Second Precinct calls for negotiators every week.

Organization: SWAT members are on call 24/7. They assist special units in the area and also assist the Dept. of Homeland Security. There is a special operations center in the former Emerson School, but most members are now based in the precincts, so a fully trained SWAT team member can partner with precinct officers to head off or contain problems before they escalate.

Before Columbine, street officers were not trained for building entry tactics; now they have some training because trained rapid response saves lives. At Columbine, precinct officers were trained to seal off and stay out of the building until the Special Force could arrive, which took 60-90 minutes. During that time, people were being killed in the school. Current tactics would have officers in the building much sooner, before so many lives had been taken.The statistics underline how important this is. In this country, a person is killed every 30 seconds by an active shooter. Only 2% of these situations ends with a surrender of the agent. The rest end in suicide or are stopped by the police team.

The operating principle is the “Priority of Life Matrix.” If someone is in danger, this team is expected to act first to preserve a citizen’s life. Sgt. Scheneman has combat medic training as do many other members of this team. The team is trained to the highest national standards, including training to combat terrorists.

Every officer is issued standard equipment including a helmet with high tech microphones (sensitive to whispers). Their bulletproof vests will take four direct hits before the garment is penetrated. Additionally they carry field medic kits. (The man who had both legs cut off by a Green Line train was saved by a SWAT medic kit). Other special tools include assault weapons which are designed for police work, not military. Glow sticks are used as silent markers in a building. Noise-distraction devices (Flash-Bangs) are carried for defense of the team; they give an officer 3 to 5 seconds of time to re-position.

Other duties assigned to members of this team include public building risk assessment: identifying risks that would make a building easier for invaders and harder for staff to defend. Many of those suggestions are simple, like “don’t leave security doors unlocked from the outside.”

Sgt. Scheneman and Inspector Waite both affirmed that training and tactics change in response to events like Columbine, terrorist risks, and similar events. Officer training and tactics assessment are ongoing constantly.

CRIME TRENDS IN THE SECOND PRECINCT: report by Inspector Waite.

There has been a slight rise in violent crime in the Second Precinct. Inspector Waite is especially concerned about Theft from Motor Vehicle and stated the crooks don’t break into cars that don’t have something valuable clearly visible. Additionally, thieves are taking spare tires off the back of Honda CR-Vs and stealing parts from air conditioners. Catalytic converters are also being stolen again. Regarding Burglary of Dwelling: there are several groups of people who don’t report immediately; thus when the officers arrive, it’s a cold case. This is especially true of students, who first talk to parents or friends before they call 911. Latinos also hesitate to call for help. There were 6 aggravated robberies, 2 apparently by the same 4 people. There’s speculation that some of this may be by people who were just released from jail; Probation is tracking them closely. Aggravated assault is also up as victims have been drinking or are on their phones and not paying attention to their surroundings. After dark, cell phone lights are easily tracked by people who want to steal them. Finally, the Second Precinct is getting ready for University move-in issues.

Second Precinct Court Watch Summary

Our new representative from the City Attorney’s office, Sarah Becker, reviewed the current list of people being watched.

She had no recommendations for removal from the list.
Reviewing the new cases in our area, she found no cases that merited addition to our list.

Old business: – None
New business – None
Next meeting: Sept 14.
Adjourn 7:56 PM

August PAC: SWAT!

Please join us for the MPD Second Precinct PAC,  August 10 at 6 PM  Monroe Village Community Room, 1900 Central Avenue NE

In May we had a look at one of the special SWAT team vehicles which was at the 2nd Precinct Open House.  In June we met Nash, the K-9 assigned to the SWAT team.  A member of the  team was scheduled to speak in July but got a last minute call to work with the team so this month, August, we’ll learn about the rest of the team.

The Special Weapons And Tactics team  is the team of MPD assigned to handle high risk situations.  These are the people who work with the Dept. of Homeland Security, and who are expected to be on the front line of extreme situations, whatever may occur.

Our presenter is  Sgt. John Sheneman, who is is also a supervisor at the Second Precinct.  He plans on making a 15 minute presentation and will then show some of the equipment the SWAT team members use If there is something  you’ve been wondering about, you can ask Sgt. Sheneman directly or send me your questions and I’ll see he gets them.

You can read more about the team at  the city website:

http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/police/recruiting/org/police_recruiting_units

Following Sgt. Sheneman’s presentation, we will have our monthly report on trends and events in the Precinct, followed by Courtwatch.

2PAC July Meeting Minutes, 7-13-15

START:                             Moose pizza & wings at 6PM  (Thank you, Larry)

CALL TO ORDER:                     6:15 pm

INTRODUCTIONS:            16 in attendance

MINUTES                           Minutes approved

TREASURER’S REPORT:  NR

SWAT  – Our scheduled speaker, Sgt John Sheneman, was called to an emergency on Monday and had to postpone.  He will be our presenter in August.

PRECINCT CRIME REPORT

Home burglaries: Again, we are reminded to lock doors and windows including garage doors, even if you are out in the yard.  Some of the burglaries have happened while home owners are in the yard, and a few have happened after the residents have gone to bed for the night but left a window or a door unlocked.

Be aware that you CAN lock windows open.  There are sash locks available at all hardware and big box stores that permit you to lock a window so that it’s open enough to let the fresh air in but closed enough to keep burglars out.  Sash locks for sliding or double hung windows run about $2 per window and some home DIYs work just as well.

Some of the home burglaries have been through window screens, which are only strong enough to keep mosquitoes out.  Again, the sash locks work because if someone wants to get in, they don’t want to make a lot of noise breaking the glass.  Many burglars know it’s  a lot safer for them to find a house they can just walk in and take what they want than it is to break their way in.

Waite Park continues to have more than its share of garage burglaries.  Many are unforced access, also.

The area of NE University at Lowry has seen a rash of robberies on the street, especially in the Hispanic  area.  Many are after dark but they are actually any time.  Officers are concerned that some people, especially recent immigrants,  might be afraid to call the police because of experience with police in the counties they have left; they don’t see police as on their side.  The precinct needs those calls so they know where to increase patrols.  If you see something, say something, preferably on the phone to 911.

Street racing has also started up again.  The Precinct has set up mobile cameras to capture evidence.

National Night Out is coming fast — August 4 (first Tuesday).  If you want an MPD  Second Precinct  squad to stop, contact  Nick Juarez (nicholas.juarez@minneapolismn.gov), or Susan Webb (susan.webb@minneapolismn.gov).  For a UMPD stop on NNO, contact Sgt. Jim Nystrom 612.290.3787 or nystr017@umn.edu     The Hennepin County Attorney’s office is doing outreach also.  See the form at please fill out the request form at www.hennepinattorney.org/NNO
COURTWATCH:

The new City Attorney assigned to the Second Precinct is Sarah Becker.  She has experience  in both city and county attorney offices. She can be reached at  sarah.becker@minneapolismn.gov

No names were removed from the watch list.  Bianka Kiersten Truman’s trial date is Sept 21 and the prosecuting attorney says impact statements might help.  Ms Truman is charged with indecent exposure and loiter with intent at 7xx Fillmore St in Beltrami.
One name was added:  Michael D-Mar Weston-Rose was apprehended for indecent exposure on the Green Line light rail (CNN 15-022652).  He has two open cases, one trespass case in the 1st precinct and a theft in Bloomington.  He has been active in the 2nd precinct with 5 arrests in the last 12 months (warrant, shoplifting, trespass (2), and this indecent exposure).  He’s had 18 arrests in the city since 2014.  His PT is on Sept. 4.

Since we had time to think about it, people offered ideas about new topics to present at PAC.  One new suggestion is an explanation of traffic stops, which is presented at the MPD Citizens’ Academy (which I attended).   Other suggestions: Active shooters in public places, FBI presentation on ISIL/ISIS/Al-Shabaab recruiters, Food shelves and other social services on the Eastside (with the hope of generating a list or directory),  Job Corps, CERT training.

Also, we need more ways to let people know that we are meeting and where.  Suggestions included 4 x 6″ cards to post at coffee shops, distributing our 3-fold pamphlet more widely, car stickers, and a sidewalk temporary meeting sign to put out in front of Monroe Village on PAC night.  Is there a designer or a printer who could  help?

SECOND PRECINCT LITTLE FREE LIBRARY:  is installed and open for business.  Donations are wanted.  Officer Mota said that children’s books are really going fast but donations in every genre are wanted.  Drop your donations off at the desk, please.

NEXT 2PAC MEETING:  August 1 at 6PM, when we hope to hear Sgt John Sheneman’s talk about SWAT.

ADJOURN:  7:26pm

July PAC: SWAT!

Please join us for the MPD Second Precinct PAC.  July 13 at 6 PM  Monroe Village Community Room, 1900 Central Avenue NE

In May we had a look at one of the special SWAT team vehicles which was at the 2nd Precinct Open House.  Last month we met Nash, the K-9 assigned to the SWAT team.  This month we’ll learn  about the rest of the team.

The Special Weapons And Tactics team  is the team of MPD assigned to handle high risk situations.  These are the people who work with the Dept. of Homeland Security, and who are expected to be on the front line of extreme situations, whatever may occur.

Our presenter is  Sgt. John Sheneman, who is is also a supervisor at the Second Precinct.  He plans on making a 15 minute presentation and will then show some of the equipment the SWAT team members use

If there is something  you’ve been wondering about, you can ask St. Sheneman directly or send me your questions and I’ll see he gets them.

You can read more about the team at  the city website:

http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/police/recruiting/org/police_recruiting_units

Following Sgt. Sheneman’s presentation, we will have our monthly report on trends and events in the Precinct, followed by Courtwatch.

Inspector Waite in the S’Trib!

She’s a woman of many talents!

http://www.startribune.com/minneapolis-police-build-little-free-libraries/305100961/

Nice picture, too.

June 8 speaker: Sgt. Stender from the k-9 Unit and Nash

Join us at 6 PM on June 8 at 1900 Central Ave NE, Monroe Village Community Room

Our speaker this month will be Sgt.  Andy Stender of  the MPD K-9 unit and he’s bringing his  partner, Nash.

The Minneapolis K-9 Unit has been operating since 1966.  There are currently 16 officer/K-9 teams.

The dogs are purchased by the Minneapolis Police K-9 Foundation from an independent   vending agency.  Candidates  must be social dogs who are at ease with people, and  they must be dogs who enjoy playing but can focus on command.  Police K-9s are “nose” dogs, not hunters.  The dogs currently  in the unit are chiefly German Shepherds, but also include a Malinois, Malinois/Shepherd crosses, and a single Dutch Shepherd.

The dogs are initially trained for detection and apprehension. They then  receive further training in explosive or narcotics detection, and other specialties.  Sgt. Stender’s partner, Nash, is part of the SWAT team.   Above all, the dog’s primary work goal is to make the work safer for the humans he works with.

The teams are truly teams:  the dogs work the same shift  with their humans, go home to the family after the shift is over to relax  and enjoy home life.  Dogs retire at about 10 years old to spend their retirement years with their human family.

FFI see the Minneapolis Police Canine Foundation homepage:

http://www.mplspolicek9foundation.org/