Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo asked city authorities to reinforce their dwindling law enforcement numbers by bringing in help from the outside. Arradondo is concerned for Minneapolis as its violent crime continues to escalate.
"Resources are hemorrhaging. Our city is bleeding at this moment. I'm trying to do all I can to stop that bleeding," said Arradondo.
With the dwindling numbers in the police force, Minneapolis officers have told residents of the city's 3rd Precinct to be prepared to give up their personal belongings to potential robbers and to do as the criminals say.
In an effort to keep the residents as safe as possible, the Minneapolis Police Department offered "prevention tips" to avoid being a victim of robbery and carjacking.
According to an e-mail sent to Alpha News MN, "Robberies and Carjacking's [sic] have increased in our Precinct," the email begins. "Cell phones, purses, and vehicles are being targeted. Some victims have been maced, dragged, assaulted, and some threatened with a gun. Most of these crimes have occurred north of 42nd St. E. 100 Robberies and 20 Carjackings have been reported to 3rd Precinct Police in July alone. Downtown and Southwest Minneapolis have seen an increase as well. We want those who live and work here to be safe!"