True public safety isn’t just about law enforcement—it’s also about getting communities fully engaged in the work to create a safer Minneapolis, working in partnership with the city and with leaders from their neighborhoods. And there’s no better way to build community engagement than to actually listen to communities, and hear from them on how to make their neighborhood safer.
That’s why last August, in my budget speech, I introduced the Collaborative Public Safety Strategies program (CPSS). It’s a first-of-its kind effort in the US that set aside $500,000 for collaborative, community driven public safety strategies in two communities that have seen high levels of violence that impact youth: Little Earth and the surrounding area, and the West Broadway corridor in north Minneapolis. These strategies would be designed and implemented by the communities themselves, with financial support from the City, and with technical and strategic support from Cities United—an organization I’m active in, that supports mayors across the country in their work to reduce homicides and shootings of African American men and boys.