Police will work in Brooklyn Center's Walmart to address safety concerns

A community survey revealed 47 percent of residents would feel safer if there were more police.

Police will be patrolling the Walmart in Brooklyn Center help ease safety concerns.

Commander Richard Gabler with the Brooklyn Center Police Department told GoMN the department and Walmart are entering into a contract. It was approved by the city council earlier this week.

This comes after a community survey revealed 16 percent of residents do not feel safe in retail parking lots. In a follow up question asking what would make residents feel more safe, 47 percent of people who responded said more police patrols.

Gabler said officers will spend about 24 hours a week at the store. They'll be uniformed, so you'll know an officer when you see one.

Walmart is to pay the cost of the officers. However, the date for when this will begin has yet to be set.

Brooklyn Center Walmart crimes

According to community news station CCX Media, police have been called to the Brooklyn Center Walmart at Shingle Creek Crossing more than 2,000 times between Jan. 2015 and Dec. 2016.

 To put that into perspective, neighboring Brooklyn Park's Walmart had about 600 calls in that same time period.

And last fall, there was a shooting at the store.

Police told GoMN at the time that someone had been shot in the leg outside of the Walmart. Officials later told KSTP they believed the shooting was gang-related.

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