2PAC Report: MPD Asst. Chief Matt Clark -

The March, 2015 meeting of the MPD Second Precinct, Precinct Advisory Committee began at 6:10PM, with 20 in attendance.

TOPIC: The newly expanded Police Chaplain Program

SPEAKERS: Assistant Chief of Police Matt Clark, Second Precinct Lead Chaplain Bruce Pinke, and Second Precinct Chaplain Brett Miller.

Chief Clark began with a explanation of the revised goals of the program.
The most important goal is better use of the chaplains’ skills and time. Previously, most officers only knew one or two chaplains in the service, so there was no basis for bonding and support. With the chaplains now assigned to a precinct, the officers and the chaplains can get to know each other. Moreover, the chaplains are assigned to a precinct where they are already part of the community, so at least some of the residents already know them, which is another bonus.

Chaplains Pinke and Miller briefly shared their backgrounds and talked about their jobs.

Bruce Pinke spent over 20 years in Africa working as a missionary. Bruce serves with Hope Ave., a ministry among homeless which is hosted by Elim Church in NE Minneapolis [which will be the topic of a future PAC meeting]. He worked as an Emergency Response Chaplain in Minneapolis, doing ride-alongs in squad cars to learn about what officers’ work is like, their stresses and other factors. He was a responder when the bridge collapsed. He spends about 1 week each month doing death notification (a ride along program) offering what he calls “Psychological first aid” on those trips.

Brett Miller is a pastor at SE Christian Church on 15th Ave SE. He is very aware of the high stress in officers’ lives as they must be mindful that anything can happen in any situation, so one of his roles is to give the officers an “ear to talk to.” At the same time, residents facing a crisis also need help, and, in this role, he can serve as a bridge between officers and residents. Being an “ambassador” in the community will help the media image of the police.

Asst. Chief Clark emphasized the strong bond that can develop between chaplains and members of the MPD, and noted that his children were baptized by his Precinct chaplain.

One very important point about this program: The chaplains are mentors and coaches. The come from many religious backgrounds and are not there to promote any religion. Instead, they will ask, “Are you a member of a faith?” and “Is there anyone I can call for you?” Above all, their job and calling is to help people in need, not to promote an agenda.

Under the current program, chaplains are expected to accompany officers in their squads, to learn the officers’ opinions of what’s going on in the community. Chaplains attend roll call at the precinct but they also attend community meetings.

Another role for the chaplains in this program is to accompany officers as they enter a high tension situation, for example where a shooting has occurred. They have gone door-to-door after a stabbing to give residents a true picture of the event and to dispel misleading gossip and speculation.

The program has a 6-8 month window for integration into the precinct. The program kicked off in July, so it is now fully operational.

Assistant Chief Clark then spoke about Second Precinct staffing. We have lost staff to retirement, but after the last recruit draft, the Second Precinct is up by 2 officers. Clark commented that Inspector Waite is very good at selecting officers who will fit in. We can expect to lose another 4 or 5 people to retirement but 30 cadets are in the 6+ month program and 20 more are making lateral moves which has a shorter training program. The staffing low (several years ago) for the MPD was 776 officers but we’re now over 800 with a goal of 860 officers. Candidates are showing up who represent the cultural diversity of our city.

The MPD is very aware of the rapid population growth in the University area and others. That population growth and the department priority to achieve a response time for in-progress crime of under 3 minutes give a real push to hiring the larger staff needed to keep everyone safe.

Giving a nod to Nick and Susan, A.C. Clark emphasized we also need more CPS’s and other FTE staff.

Four people are leaving the precinct, but the Second will be getting four new people from the recruit draft.

We had a homicide at the NE Palace Bar. The suspect and the victim knew each other and there was little danger to the general public. Two neighborhoods had an uptick in daytime burglaries, but those seem to have stopped with recent arrests.

Spring break starts Monday, and Nick is hoping for a quiet week. SE only had 3 thefts in the last week, which was a drop. Nick is working with new student housing managers, some of whom haven’t been too receptive.

The Second Precinct is watching the Frozen 4. We won’t know until the 22nd if the U makes the playoffs — if so, there will be a heavy staffing need. Spring Jam is the 4th week of April and preparations are being planned. The newly open Surly has been relatively quiet. There are more problems coming from the Green Line than from Surly traffic.

We are reminded to phone 911 for a crime in progress.

Coming events: Don’t miss the Second Precinct Open House, May 11th Monday 4-7pm. The robots, horses, bomb squad robots, and other units will be there. There will be a bike and helmet raffle, free food and popcorn. If you want to participate, please contact Sgt. Mota at the Precinct.

Block club leader training is on May 28th from 6:30 to 8PM in the Precinct. CPS will offer this program on every other month.

POLAR PLUNGE REPORT: The police plunge was the first week of March. Among the jumpers was Inspector Waite.

COURTWATCH: no names added and no names deleted.

A request for impact statements is coming in a separate memo.

Next PAC: April 13, highlighting Parks Programs

Adjourn 7:35 PM

2nd Precinct Advisory Council Meeting – March 9th, 6 PM – 1900 Central Ave NE (Monroe Village Apts.)

Join us for our monthly 2nd Precinct Advisory Council meeting at 6pm, on March 9, at Monroe Village Apartments community room (1900 Central NE)

The Minneapolis Police Department has recently expanded the “Community Chaplains” service into the Precincts.  The department is staffed by a group of dedicated professionals, trained in counseling, whose goal is to assist residents and MPD staff in all walks of life.

Chaplains assigned to the Second Precinct are:  Leader,  Bruce Pinke (ELIM),  Minister Brett Miller (Southeast Christian Church), Rev. Margaret Pliess-Sippola, (Gustavus Adolphus)

An extract from the MPD Chaplain Corps Vision Statement:

“…The vision of the Minneapolis Police Chaplaincy Corps is to seek innovative ways to enhance this relationship [between the residents of Minneapolis and the MPD], maximize resources and identify problems and concerns in the community.

“…[The] Police Chaplain Corps … is a multi-ethnic, religiously pluralistic service organization.”

The Chaplains will provide comfort and practical advice to civilians and to Officers who are facing crisis events.  They are bound by professional privilege, restricted from ecumenism, and dedicated to maintaining their professional responsibility.

Two of the chaplains assigned to the Second Precinct are scheduled to present  at this meeting, and to answer any questions you might have about their department, their roles, their understanding of our part of Minneapolis.

Please join us in welcoming them to our Precinct.

There is a KARE-11 background story from September, 2014 at


The official Vision Statement and other documents  fro this department are located at


Check the index on the left side of your screen for more information

After the chaplains’  presentation, we will hear a report on current crime trends in our precinct and how residents can help our officers to keep our crime numbers low.

Courtwatch is scheduled to begin at 7 PM

COMING EVENTS:  APRIL: It’s time to plan fun and safe summer activities for the kids and for you, too!  Andrew Pimental, who leads recreation for Eastside Parks will be there to outline the programs and opportunities available for you and your family.  Lt. Calvin Noble of the Parks Police Department  will be there to answer your questions about safety in the parks.  Our award winning park system offers activities for all of us in a safe environment.   Find out more!

MAY:  Second Precinct Open House!  Real robots, horses, activities, burgers on the grill, and more.  Don’t miss the fun!

February PAC report

February PAC

Feb 9, 2015.  Start: 6:10 pm.  18 in attendance.

Report from Second Precinct Inspector Waite:

Trends follow the weather.  With the warmer weather, more Hondas and Toyotas are being stolen:  they are popular for street racing.

The Second Precinct  received the MPD Annual Award for the greatest reduction in crime.  This is the third year the award was won by the Second.  Inspector Waite emphasized that  this reduction is due, in part, to the increased citizen participation as citizens watch and report when something “doesn’t look right”.  Without residents watching, the officers can only look for evidence long after the crime has been committed.  Without citizens getting facts, like car colors or crooks’ clothing colors or hair styles, the police have no idea what to look for.

Thank you for being part of the team. Let’s try to get that award for the 4th time.  We deserve to live in a place with that record.

Inspector Waite also pointed out that beat officers and precinct chaplains will be taking part in more PAC meetings.  They’ll be here to listen to your concerns directly from you.

Emilie Quast related an action report that officers had stopped two people in a “Burglary Focus Zone” at 19th and Talmage.   The two men had burglary tools in their possession and were arrested.  Roy Beaulieu 1014 13th Ave SE and Thomas Szmiot 29 East 2nd.  [They have since been released.]

Our Speaker was Ross Chavez, of the Hennepin County Medical Center.  Topic:  Your Heart: Flow, Pumps, Electricity and Transport.

Heart function:  A human heart  starts pumping during the 4th week of gestation.  An adult heart pumps 100,000 / day at 1.5 gallons /  minute, sending blood through some 60,000 miles of vessels.  The average adult has about 5 quarts of blood in the body, so the heart sends that around the body at incredible speed.

This amazing muscle has a natural pacemaker that responds to stimuli presented by your environment.  It will speed up in response to a “fight or flight” situation, but if the body is going into hypothermia, the heart will slow down to preserve the brain.  Endurance athletes have strengthened their heart muscles to perform much more efficiently than average.   While 60 and 90 is considered normal and an average rate during exercise of 150+ beats per minute is also normal, an unusually strong heart (endurance training) may have a resting rate of 34 beats per minute, an inadequate rate for  the average person.

The purpose of sending the blood is so bring oxygen, nutrients, to every cell, while carrying away waste.  The blood also brings white cells and immunity components to the rest of the body.

Your heart has two direct defenses: it is mostly hidden behind the sternum, but it is also encased in a strong sac, the pericardium.  One other “defense’ it has is that as the blood is oxygenated, the heart receives the newly “charged” blood first, before the rest of the body.

Keeping your heart healthy is not difficult, but it is important to take care of it daily.  Exercise the muscle 30 minutes, 3 times a week; no smoking; watch your diet.  Chavez discussed the “paleo-diet, which is based on fruit, nuts, vegetables, and “anything you can kill with a stick”.  (Reference to Robb Wolf on the paleo-diet and heart health.)  Stress management is important for keeping your blood pressure around 120/80   Sleep is very important because that is the healing time for your heart.  Your annual physical should include your BP, cholesterol levels, diabetes, rhythm changes, evidence of pulmonary disease.

Heart disease:  Someone has  a heart attack every 34 seconds.  The cost of that in this country is $108.9 Billion dollars each year.  (EQ: I think that is only direct cost, but there are also many collateral costs.)

How hearts fail:
High blood pressure causes hypertrophy of the heart.  Plaque rupture leads to a thrombus. Hypoperfusion or “shock” is a loss of circulation that can be fatal.  Aortic aneurysms can range from “watchful waiting” to immediate threat to life.  Other sources of failure are overdose and toxicity.

When to call for EMS help:

IMMEDIATELY CALL 911 when you observe chest pain, sweating, nausea, passing out (be assured that healthy people do not pass out), being short of breath, having jaw or arm pain, abdominal pain, back pain.

The more time that passes, the greater the heart muscle death.

Some people show atypical symptoms, especially women, the elderly, and diabetics, who may have silent heart attacks.

Another reason to call 911 quickly is that although Minneapolis heart disease death rates are about 122-206 / 100,000,  Hennepin County boasts a survival rate that is among the highest in the country.

(EQ: For a complete report on Hennepin County, go to the following website and scroll down to the green box http://myhealthnewsletter.com/hcmc/healthematters/February2015/article1.html  You will be assured you are living in the right place.)

Stay calm, take/offer aspirin, stay on the phone and follow 911 instructions, unlock the doors, put the pets away and turn the outdoor lights on to mark your house.

People ask, Why so many responders?

Fire,  police, and  EMS are team.  The Fire Dept is likely to get to your house first and can give oxygen immediately.  The EMS will follow very shortly with nitroglycerin, IVs, a 12 lead EKG and more.

The newest tool is the auto CPR device, which is a state of the art device.  This battery operated machine delivers precise 2 inch compressions at 100 beats/minute.  Newer CPR protocol stresses exact compressions and no longer recommends mouth to mouth.  It’s been found that your body has enough residual oxygen to maintain healthy life as long as the compressions keep the blood circulating.

Anecdote:  One of the EMS staff actually had a heart attack on the job.  He had complete heart stoppage, and was on the auto-CPR for 68 minutes, but thanks to that device, he walked out of the hospital two weeks later.  Prompt action and precise long term auto-CPR saved his life and preserved the quality of his life.  Other people in the auto-CPR device have revived and interacted with the EMS staff while the compressions were going on even though their own hearts were still not beating.

Once the patient gets to the “cath lab”, medical staff locates the blockage and removes it, carefully monitors your brain health, and performs other life saving events.

Second Precinct Court Watch Summary:  There were no removals from the Courtwatch list.  Two people were added:

Jesse Alan Houge is accused of two aggravated robberies on January 17, both in Prospect Park; Omnibus hearing scheduled for Feb. 18.

Bianka Kiersten Truman is accused of loitering with intent and indecent exposure.  The victim had been receiving unwanted visitors for a week;  This was in the 7xx block of Fillmore St. NE.  A pretrial is scheduled for March 18.

Next 2PAC meeting: March 9th at 6PM  1900 Central Avenue NE (Monroe Village Apartments, community room).

Topic on March 9th:  Our newly expanded chaplain service.  All three of the chaplains now working with the Second Precinct have strong ties to NE or SE Minneapolis.

–Submitted by Emilie Quast, PAC

2nd Precinct Advisory Council Meeting – January 13th, Southeast Minneapolis

Join us for our monthly 2nd Precinct Advisory Council meeting at 6pm, on Monday January 13th, in Southeast Minneapolis, at SE Christian Church 960 15th Ave SE. 

This will be another special Southeast Minneapolis focused meeting.

Speaker – Kendre Turoni, University of Minnesota Community Relations

Kendre is the Coordinator of the Student and Community Relations and Neighborhood Liaison program at the University of MN.  Kendre will discuss how the University works to promote active participation by students in the neighborhoods around the University, particularly in Marcy-Holmes, Prospect Park and Southeast Como neighborhoods. 

Here is a Minnesota Daily article that describes the neighborhood relations team’s efforts.   http://www.mndaily.com/2012/06/26/liasons-attempt-increase-resident-involvement

This is a link to the Community Relations blog with snippets of news for students who live in the neighborhoods around the university.  http://umnscr.blogspot.com/

Court Watch

Court watch will be the 2nd part of our meeting. 

Minneapolis Police Department Crime Prevention – FREE Personal Safety Workshop

2nd Precinct is coordinating a Self Defense workshop with Mary Brandl, a 4th degree black belt with Midwest Karate Association and Self Defense PE instructor at the University of MN.  The location will be Pratt School, January 28th, 6pm to 8:30pm. 

 Attendees will learn to recognize a possible attack in the making, and how you can you use distance, body language, and tone of voice to avert a potential attack. Simple “last-ditch” physical self-defense techniques will also be presented, practical even for people who have little physical skill or ability.   Please RSVP by calling 612-673-2874 or emailing Susan.Webb@minneapolismn.gov.


Open to the Public!

The 2nd Precinct Advisory Council meetings are open to the public.  Join us if you are a resident, business owner, or other stakeholder in the 2nd Precinct.  We welcome your participation and support. 

Dan Scoggins

2nd Precinct Advisory Council



2nd Precinct Advisory Council Meeting – December 9th

Join us for our monthly 2nd Precinct Advisory Council meeting at Central Avenue Apartments Community room, at 1900 Central Avenue NE.

Officer’s Holiday Dinner – December 24th
The 30th Annual Police Officer’s Holiday Dinner will be our guest speaker!  We will talk about the plans for the event for the Police Officers and First Responders who attend each year.  Dorothy Bode, Jeff Meehan, Emilie Quast, Peter Radford and Jon Blonk have been making calls to set up food for the event.  This is a fun event, and we intend to invite Police Officers and other first responders like Fire, Paramedics, Deputies as we do every  year.  If you would like to volunteer to cover a 2-hour shift on Christmas Eve between Noon-Midnight, pick up food or if you are Business and would like to DONATE food, contact dan.scoggins@yahoo.com.

The Bylaws require that we hold elections at our December meeting.  These elections will be for our Executive board.  Currently our board team is Dan Scoggins, President; Larry Ranallo, Vice President; Open; Treasurer, Peter Radford, Secretary; and Emilie Quast and Jon Block, At-large.  Dan Scoggins’ term limit as President is up so we will have a new President elected.

If you would like to join us, we have a total of 7 seats authorized to fill.  Come to the December meeting.  We will be taking nominations from the floor.

Court Watch
Court Watch will start approximately at 7:00pm.

Open to the Public!
The 2nd Precinct Advisory Council meetings are open to the public.  Join us if you are a resident, business owner, or other stakeholder in the 2nd Precinct.  We welcome your participation and support.

Dan Scoggins
2PAC President

2nd Precinct Advisory Council Meeting – November 18th – Robberies in Southeast

This was emailed out via Gov Delivery to announce 2PAC’s last meeting. 

Join us for our monthly 2nd Precinct Advisory Council meeting at 6pm, on November 18th in Southeast Minneapolis, at University Lutheran Church of Hope.

November 11th, our regular meeting is a holiday so we changed to date to Novmber 18th, at 6pm.  This will be a special Southeast Minneapolis focused meeting.  We will meet at University Lutheran Church of Hope, Heritage Hall, 601 13th Ave SE.  Parking is available on the church grounds.

Topic – Robberies in 2nd Precinct
Robberies have become quite an issue in Southeast Minneapolis in the last few months. While there may be a similar number of robberies this year as last year, these robberies are receiving more attention due to the use of guns and the violence of some of these robberies.

Inspector Kathy Waite and Crime Prevention Specialists Nick Juarez and Susan Webb will be present to review recent events, discuss personal safety advice, and listen to community concerns.  We will also hope to listen to other SE Minneapolis issues as well.

Here are some of the news stories.

String of Marcy Holmes robberies

Man beaten and robbed

Three University of MN Students attacked and robbed in one week

Court Watch
Court watch will be the 2nd part of our meeting.

Elections – nominations for Board
The 2nd Precinct Advisory  Council has a small, volunteer board that supports the organization, outside of our regular meetings.  Southeast Neighborhoods are currently under-represented on the 2nd Precint Advisory Council and on the 2PAC board.   Several SE and NE Neighborhoods have chosen not to send representatives to these community meetings with the 2nd Precinct over the last year, leaving their residents and stakeholders without a voice on crime issues.

We are collecting nominations for our nominating committee.  If you have a vision to reduce crime and work with a team to support MPD’s efforts to protect us, here is your opportunity.  Email Dan Scoggins, dan.scoggins@yahoo.com.  Our elections are in December.

Open to the Public!
The 2nd Precinct Advisory Council meetings are open to the public.  Join us if you are a resident, business owner, or other stakeholder in the 2nd Precinct.  We welcome your participation and support.

Dan Scoggins
2PAC President

Judge Lois Conroy – October 2PAC Speaker

2nd Precinct Advisory Council Meeting – Judge Lois Conroy
Join us for our monthly 2nd Precinct Advisory Council meeting at Monroe Village Apartments Community room, 1900 Central Avenue NE, Monday October 14th at 6pm. 

Speaker – Judge Lois Conroy
Lois was elected as a Hennepin County Judge in 2012.  Lois is the first Judge to bring the Judge’s perspective to 2PAC.

Before her election in 2012, Lois was a Prosecutor for the Minneapolis City Attorney’s office, working at the 1st Precinct.  She was part of the team that created the Downtown 100.  The Downtown 100 follows the most difficult offenders in the downtown area with a case manager approach, working with probation, law enforcement, security, private business, social services, mental health, and housing social workers to reduce crime rates.  The Downtown 100 has been nationally recognized and significantly reduced livability crimes in downtown.  They specialize in changing the behavior of the most chronic offenders.

Thank you to JoAnn Velde
JoAnn is the Manager of the Housing Inspections Division who spoke at our meeting in September.  A full house attended to hear about housing inspections, which has a large impact on the quality of our neighborhoods.

Impact Statements – Howard Austin
We received 5 impact statements from our request for impact statements for Howard Austin.  Austin has been charged with 1st degree aggravated robbery for robbing the  “Stop And Go” at 641 Broadway with another person on May 25th, 2013.  Howard Austin and another person were accused of robbing the clerk with a handgun and were tracked down several blocks away by Minneapolis Police K-9.  They were found with crumpled up bills from the store and identified by the clerk and video in the store.  The gun was also recovered.  The Stop and Go is in the Logan Park Neighborhood.  Great work by MPD.  Thanks for your help with impact statements.

Court Watch
There will be no court watch this meeting.

Elections – nominations for Board
We are looking for people to join the Board to help create next year’s program.  If you have an interest in reducing crime in the Second Precinct or want to learn more about how the Precinct works to protect us, this is your opportunity.  Email Dan Scoggins, dan.scoggins@yahoo.com.  Our elections are in December.

Open to the Public!
The 2nd Precinct Advisory Council meetings are open to the public.  Join us if you are a resident, business owner, or other stakeholder in the 2nd Precinct.  We welcome your participation and support.

Dan Scoggins
2PAC President