Taking stock of the safety of her city in 2013, Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau said Tuesday that violent crime rose 4 percent but remains at one of its lowest levels in 30 years.
Crime levels dropped last year in northeast Minneapolis, which is why Harteau chose a public library at 2200 Central Avenue NE. to address the latest numbers. Some city neighborhoods saw steep rises in crime, however, a development that Harteau said “is disappointing.”
She said she remains committed to changes she instituted one year ago when she was named chief, including neighborhood walking beats on the North Side.
Mayor Betsy Hodges, who also spoke at the news conference, said she supports funding to help increase the number of sworn officers, which is currently at 812, one of the lowest totals in the past decade.