State Patrol to Offer Assistance to Combat Spike in Shootings, Street Racing
The Minnesota State Patrol is stepping up its presence in the Twin Cities to crack down on street racing and other crimes.
“The ridiculous behavior of taking over intersections and drifting in those intersections, almost as a spectator sport, isn’t acceptable. It needs to stop,” said Col. Matt Langer of the Minnesota State Patrol. “It’s horrible for residents. It’s horrible for visitors. It’s horrible for business. It damages the roadway. It’s incredibly dangerous.”
Only July 8 and 9, the State Patrol will assign 20 additional troopers, a helicopter and 911 operators to the metro area.
While the resources will mostly focus on Minneapolis, public safety officials say suburbs like Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center will benefit as well.
“Our focus for the weekend is primarily on the city of Minneapolis, but by having additional resources in the city, we can also move and respond if we get calls for assistance from any of the adjacent communities,” Col. Langer said. “So it’s a value added across the Twin Cities area. It’s not just exclusively benefiting the city of Minneapolis.”
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has also assigned a dozen investigators and a criminal analyst to help with homicide and gun crime investigations. These resources will be in place through September.