#UMN Safety Forum is underway.
--President Joan Gabel
--Dr. Cedric Alexander, Minneapolis Community Safety Commissioner
--UMPD Chief Matt Clark will provide updates on addressing safety around campus and will respond to questions and concerns.
President Joan Gabel gives an overview of the recently formed Strategic Safety Advisory Committee. The committee oversaw the #Dinkytown safety pilot project that placed barricades and pylons across roads in the area.
Gabel said MPD and HSCO will provide extra patrols in off-campus areas. MPD during the week, HSCO from 4 p.m. to midnight, 7 days a week.
Gabel said another mobile camera has been added outside the Kollege Klub.

Gopher Chauffer has added a van.

Posting 10 new community safety officer positions.

Plus 2 safety communications positions.
Gabel said the UMN is beginning a phased approach to working with MPD specifically for large events, and utilizing off-duty officers for Gopher home games.
Minneapolis Commissioner of Community Safety Cedric Alexander said a lot of nothing but platitudes in his opening remarks.

There will be a Q & A period later in the meeting.
Q & A begins. They received 52 questions ahead of time.

How will UMPD and MPD work together to keep the UMN & surrounding area safe?

Gabel says: Committees, increasing patrols, increasing camera observation. Also prevention through Gopher Chauffer, community safety officers
UMPD Chief Matt Clark said violent crime "on campus" remains steady for the last two years. On campus response times are steady. They are trying to double down on visibility.

He stresses the issue remains "off campus" crime.

UMPD is "maxed" putting out resources.
State Patrol has committed to helping on campus and in Minneapolis. They're asking Metro Transit PD to be more visible, and MPD will focus on buyback beats during back to school.

HCSO is having staffing issues. UMPD is in contract talks with them. Still pending.
A female Latino student just blasted UMN administration, Joan Gabel and #Mpls government for the hate rhetoric they've expressed toward and about police. She says that has made her less safe. She feels safer when police are around.
Gabel told the woman her concerns are valid, but challenges her assertion that it's due to anything Gabel or UMN administration has done.

Chief Matt Clark tells the woman, again, he's maxed out the time he can put officers out there.
Online question (paraphrased): Some parents are demanding more police. How will this be balanced with concerns about racial disparities and avoiding a militarized feel around campus?

Gabel claims they are continually evaluating safety and inclusiveness.
In person Q from "Cal" referencing a prior demand by students on forming a policing oversight committee.
He's complaining about the committee that was formed and the "overrepresentation" of frat members on the committee. He asks when UMN will take accountability seriously.
MPD Inspector Sean McGinty again talking about "traffic calming" measures in #Dinkytown.
He claims crime went down during the barricade experiment, although businesses complained.
He said they'll communicate differently with biz in the future on the measures.
McGinty addresses the hotrodders, racers and street takeovers. He said people have died and have been severely injured in the activity.
He says steel plates will be put down in intersections in #Dinkytown to deter the activity.
Generally near 4th St SE and 13th/14th Ave SE.
Online question about expanding UMN Cleary safety notifications regarding off-campus crime, where a lot of students live and work.
Chief Clark said they are "getting close" to including "just Dinkytown" crime notifications. Said there's a lot of technical considerations.
This UMN parent who also co-leads the Minneapolis chapter of Moms Demand Action [gun control] asks Commissioner Alexander if the Mpls Office of Violence Prevention can help with crime "prevention" since MPD/UMPD are strapped for resources.
Alexander says he has "a lot of questions [about the OVP] & what their mission & overall goal is."

OVP oversees $7-8M in grants they distribute to community groups. He wants to know who's getting the money and how effective the groups are.
They're not req'd to maintain data.
So, that's the first sensible thing we've heard him say since becoming commissioner.
The two sanitary sewer system incidents involving gasoline in the sewer, that caused an explosion, are addressed by Myron Frans, Senior Vice President for Finance and Operations.
He said they are "getting close" to identifying the source. The line is being closely monitored.

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