Minneapolis Police On Pace For Record Low Arrest Rate

Arrests are on the decline again in Minneapolis, with police statistics showing the city is on pace to record its lowest arrest rate in 17 years.

The number of arrests fell nearly 9 percent through March 20 — the last day for which reliable data are available — compared with the same period last year, department statistics show. The percentage drop reflects the number of arrests reported to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program, from homicides and burglaries to drunken driving. If the trend holds true for the full year, it would be the fewest number of arrests since at least 2000.

Meanwhile the Star Tribune reported that violent crime is up about 6 percent citywide. Meanwhile, Part I crimes, which include offenses such as homicide and rape, have jumped 18 percent.

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