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Minneapolis violent crime rises 4 percent

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Violent crime in Minneapolis rose 4 percent last year, but Police Chief Janeé Harteau offered this context – the rate is still at one of its lowest levels in the last three decades, the Star Tribune reports.

Crime levels decreased in northeast Minneapolis, the chief said Tuesday, although other areas of Minnesota's largest city had a sharp increase, the newspaper reports. For more detail, the city keeps monthly crime rates by neighborhood.

Harteau said she is still committed to new initiatives she launched after she was sworn in as chief in December 2012, which include officers walking beats on the North Side of the city. In a profile in Minnesota Monthly magazine in January 2013, she said, "We generally walk beats in business districts and everyone else only sees officers on 911 calls, but I want to change that. Then people can understand that under the uniform is a human being. The other day, I wore plainclothes and someone told me, 'You look like a person!' I said, 'Well, that’s interesting, because I am!'"

New Mayor Betsy Hodges also spoke at a news conference Tuesday at a North Side library, said she would support spending more money on more officers, which currently number 812. Hodges was among the mayoral candidates who supported more officers during her campaign.

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