Minneapolis again has hired Chuck Wexler of the Police Executive Research Forum as a consultant, says the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Wexler, who helped the city reduced homicides after it was called “Murderapolis” in 1995, will help develop strategies to prevent a repeat of the last year’s violence in several neighborhoods.
Wexler will coordinate various groups that want to offer plans to reduce crime, said Deputy Chief Tim Dolan. Wexler’s hiring doesn’t signal that the city is heading for the level of violence of 1995, when a record 97 homicides were committed. But one police precinct ended up with 29 deaths last year compared with nine in 2003. Overall, serious crime in the city didn’t rise. The General Mills Foundation is providing funds for Wexler’s services.