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Response times were slower last year just as Police Department staff numbers fell to one of their lowest levels in a decade, with roughly 800 sworn officers. There’s money available to hire 50 more officers, but hiring new officers takes time, said Johnson.
Programs set for Saturday
Two additional anti-crime events are scheduled for Saturday in the city. Shiloh Temple is hosting a discussion on youth gun violence that organizers said in an announcement “will touch on historical and social aspects of the issue, and its impact on communities of color.”
Among those speaking at the event, which starts at 2 p.m., are Howell and Ferome Brown, youth coordinator for Protect Minnesota, a statewide organization dedicated to ending gun violence.
At the same time Saturday in northeast Minneapolis, a street walk organized by the Rev. Harding Smith is scheduled to start at 1st and University Avs.
Organizers say the walk is in response to the stabbings of two University of Minnesota students on May 5 near that intersection by a lone attacker, who has yet to be caught.
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