For Immediate Release
February 23, 2021
Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association Public Safety Task Force releases results from recent Safety Perception Survey
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota – The Public Safety Task Force (PSTF) of the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association (DMNA) today released the quantitative results of the DMNA Safety Perception Survey.
Key findings from the survey reveal the following:
- Downtown residents are highly dissatisfied with city leadership on public safety policies.
- Among city leaders, residents view Chief Arradondo as being most effective in responding to community safety issues.
- Residents overwhelmingly believe that MPD should report to the Mayor, and not to the City Council.
- Residents strongly want law enforcement to have a central role in responding to public safety calls.
- Lack of police presence downtown is residents’ top safety concern.
- Public safety perceptions have deteriorated from one year ago and contributed to observed changes in transportation, spending, and mobility.
The DMNA used the Survey Monkey application, and distributed the survey to condominium and rental residential buildings in the Downtown East and Downtown West neighborhoods, between December 22, 2020, and February 9, 2021. The DMNA received a total of 1,129 completed surveys.
The survey asked residents about their perceptions of current community safety conditions and how these conditions have affected their lives. It also asked residents to express their views on the progress city leaders have made in creating a safer city; how public safety should be structured within the city; and what role law enforcement should play in community interactions.
A complete report of the DMNA Safety Perception Survey can be found here: https://www.thedmna.org/dmna-public-safety-perception-survey-information.
Please contact the DMNA at [email protected] with questions on the survey results.
The Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association (DMNA) exists to promote the common good and general welfare of the residents, businesses, and employees of Downtown Minneapolis. The DMNA serves as the official liaison between residents and the Minneapolis City Council, the Neighborhood and Communication Relations Department (NCR), the Planning Department (CPED), and other City departments as necessary.