Mayor Jacob Frey and Gov. Tim Walz have finalized joint powers agreements to provide investigative and law enforcement support in Minneapolis. The ongoing support comes at a critical time before warmer weather and will bolster the City’s overall crime prevention and enforcement strategies.
Through the agreements, the Minnesota State Patrol will provide targeted enforcement support in city limits and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) will boost investigative capacity, supplementing the Minneapolis Police Department’s (MPD) diminished staffing levels.
The State Patrol will provide high visibility patrol in agreed upon areas and during agreed upon times to help deter crime. The initiative will encompass both a North and South Focus Zone within Minneapolis. Smaller areas of focus may be determined based on crime analysis and emergent crime. Any changes in the focus areas would need approval by the State Patrol Chief.
Watch the May 5 news conference on the joint powers agreements.