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New Mpls. police chief says violent crime up slightly in 2012

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Newly-installed Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau said Friday that violent crime was up slightly in the city in 2012, the Star Tribune reported.

Despite the slight rise, crime is at its second lowest level in Minneapolis since 1983, MinnPost reports.

Personalizing the matter, Harteau said the stats are "not just numbers" to her, and that "each one of them represents not just a crime but a victim."

Harteau appeared alongside Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, who nominated Harteau in October to replace outgoing Police Chief Tim Dolan.

Harteau noted that there was a 77 percent spike in violent crime in March -- due to quickly forming mobs. But said a solid fix happened fairly rapidly with checks of social media and an increase patrol presence downtown, and by year's end, that percentage dropped to 27 percent.

One of Harteau's ideas for reducing crime in 2013 is to have police offices get out of their squad cars and walk beats when then get time, the Star Tribune reported.

She also said the department will continue its efforts to get guns off the streets.

A 25-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department, Harteau was sworn in as police chief in early December.

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