The meeting was called to order at 6:10 by chair, Larry Ranallo. 21 people attending.
Sgt. Jeff Carter, who leads narcotics investigation at the 2nd Precinct, asked to give a brief presentation before the announced agenda.
The narcotics officers are is requesting more tips and reports from the public. Unless citizens partner with the MPD in (drug) crime prevention, the police can’t be as effective as they need to be to keep our community safe. “If you see something, say something” is the lifeline for crime prevention especially in narcotics. Remember we are all safest when we have crime “prevention” long before anything happens, rather than “enjoying” four minute response after something bad has already happened.
Why? All police need information from the public so they know where to focus their attention. To prevent drug crimes, look for: cars stopping at a residence or a street corner and leaving in minutes; neighbors or idlers who can afford expensive items without a job; windows blocked out; unusual smells in the area; observed exchange of packets or small items.
Don’t ignore the feeling that something “isn’t right.” Instead: document it. Make a log; note date, time and what attracted your attention.
IMPORTANT NOTE: do not report suspected drug crimes to 911 or 311. Instead, phone directly to the precinct at 612.673.5702 to leave a message for Sgt. Carter, or hand in or mail in a written report to the Second Precinct at 1911 Central Ave NE, 55418???. You may prefer to contact our CPSs,
- Nicholas Juarez at 612-673-2797 or Nicholas.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Susan Webb at 612-673-2874 or email@example.com
You are assured that however you contact the Precinct, the person responsible for drug control will get the message and your privacy is assured. Leave a contact number because he may want to clarify something you’ve reported. Don’t expect immediate response at the site of action, because the narcotics team must do its own investigation, which will take time. When they move, it’s a full out effort. The point is that our officers need help from the public to know where to look, what to look for, when to look the most. Be assured they want to be the ones on the witness stand, for you.
Drugs are very big business all over the world, including in the 2nd. In the last year, they have made 34 arrests, confiscated $87,000, 24 firearms, and 8 vehicles. They know they can improve on these impressive numbers if they get more lead time from citizen input. The goal: Drug dealers will hear that they’ll be targeted and hammered in the Second Precinct.
Inspector Loining reported that 2nd Precinct crime is down 6.5% overall. Rape reports were up by 1 which is a statistical rise of 1.5% Robberies or people or businesses were down 4.2% with 19 fewer. Burglaries were down by 18 which was down 4%. Three good pieces of police work in the 2nd this month: on 11/9 a victim was approached by four people and shot while fleeing, but gave the officers a good ID; suspects were soon arrested in South Mpls. 10th and 7th St. SE: two victims had a good ID, officers made an arrest based on the car ID. An Officer spotted a suspicious vehicle and rand the tags, which led to the arrest of 2 people with warrants in the stolen car.
Inspector Loining asked that people holding public and larger private events be sure to call the precinct. The officers want to help, to increase community outreach, to check on safety and security issues, and more.
Casidy Anderson: This is the season for so many home emergencies, but what is the order of steps to take if someone chokes on food, falls off a ladder, or has another emergency? Ms Anderson assured us that most calls for help get a response in 3.5 to 5 minutes, so the order is:
1) Phone 911 and stay on the line while the call asst. takes your information. Know the call asst. is transmitting information WHILE YOU ARE TALKING TO THEM. They will ask some questions several times, to verify that the information you are giving is correct, especially the location of the emergency. Stay on the line until they hang up.
2) Make sure the Responders can get to your location. If you are in a security building, send someone to let them in and lead them to the right unit in the building. Put all dogs in a separate room (even the little ones) and unlock entry doors.
3) Turn to the victim and make sure they have unobstructed airways. If they are bleeding profusely, use a clean towel and apply pressure to the wound.
4) Check for a heartbeat. If you can’t detect one, start chest compressions at a rate of 100 per minute. This is the action that will prevent brain and other organ damage. Mouth-to-mouth breathing has pretty well been discredited: it does something, just not much.
2) Know where medications are kept, especially prescribed medications, so you can gather them and send along with the EMTs.
No Updates: Johnny Hall, Daniel Heacock,Bryan Holmes, Albert Moen, Ryan Pilarski, Michael Weston-Rose still has a bench warrant issued 9-4-15 and is probably out of the state. Robert Schroeder, Jason Tucker, James Zaccardi and Michael Zaccardi.
Meeting adjourned 7:30 PM
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