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U of M to host Public Safety Strategy Session

University, City, County, State, MetroTransit and other leaders will identify strategies to enhance safety on campus and in the near campus neighborhoods

Monday, January 27, 2014

Media note: Media are asked to RSVP to Steve Henneberry, University News Service,, (612) 624-1690. Parking is available in the Washington Ave. or University Ave. ramps. Leaders will be available for brief interviews during the small group breakout discussion, which will begin around 2:30 p.m.

What: Public Safety Strategy Session
When: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Johnson Great Room, first floor, McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St. S.E., Minneapolis
Who: Leaders from the U of M, City of Minneapolis, State of Minnesota, Minneapolis Police, MetroTransit, local law enforcement and Target’s Safe City Program

New short- and long-term public safety strategies for the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus community and nearby neighborhoods will be the focus of a Public Safety Strategy Session, to be held Tuesday, Jan. 28, from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. The University is hosting the session.

U of M President Eric Kaler will deliver opening remarks. An overview of current public safety activities, recent crime data and neighborhood growth will provide a baseline for discussion. Small group breakout discussions will follow to develop consensus and strategies for action.

Breakout discussions will focus on developing short-term actions related to: student engagement, law enforcement and collaboration, impact of the Green Line light rail service on campus, and strategies for neighborhoods and local businesses.

Invitees include:
University of Minnesota
Eric Kaler, President; Pamela Wheelock, Vice President for University Services; Danita Brown Young, Vice Provost and Dean of Students; Greg Hestness, UMPD Chief

Law Enforcement
Mona Dohman, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Public Safety; John Harrington, MetroTransit Police Chief; Janee Harteau, Minneapolis Police Chief; Richard Stanek, Hennepin County Sheriff

State Elected Officials
Sen. Terri Bonoff
Sen. Kari Dziedzic
Rep. Phyllis Kahn
Rep. Diane Loeffler

Minneapolis City Elected Officials
Jacob Frey, 3rd Ward
Cam Gordon, 2nd Ward
Kevin Reich, 1st Ward
Abdi Warsame, 6th Ward
Blong Yang, Public Safety, Civil Rights and Emergency Management Committee Chair

Representatives from the 2nd Precinct, select City of Minneapolis department heads, U of M student leaders, and Target’s Safe City program, among other key stakeholders, are also attending.

Media should direct questions to Steve Henneberry, University News Service,, (612) 624-1690. Please RSVP.

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