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Violent crimes in Minneapolis park hot spots down drastically in 2022


Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune

Minneapolis park police officer Karl Zabinski bumped fists Thursday with Abdi, a regular visitor at Loring Park. It's been a calmer year so far in the city's parks.

Loring and East Phillips top the list of most violent Minneapolis parks in any given year, with Loring notching 13 and East Phillips reporting five serious incidents including homicide, rape and aggravated assault in 2021.

Major crimes also shot up at Stevens Square following the social unrest of the past two years, rising to seven in 2021. The park experienced virtually no activity in 2019.

This spring, park police shifted their strategy for summer's inevitable increase in crime. New data analysis is used to identify crime hot spots where officers can spend more time in between emergency calls on "proactive policing" - patrolling, stopping in recreation centers and meeting the community.


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