Lyndale Neighborhood Association Beer Bust for Bike Cops

Lyndale Neighborhood Association logoThe Lyndale Neighborhood Association is having a Beer Bust fundraiser for its Bike Cops program next weekend (Saturday, July 19) at Champions Sports Bar and Grill.

Support the Lyndale Neighborhood Association Bike Cop Program. This program builds community and safety in the Lyndale Neighborhood. Come and meet your Bike Cops! We will serve unlimited beer from 2:00 to 4:00 pm for $10.

Beer Bust! $10 tickets can be picked up at the LNA office, 3537 Nicollet Ave S. or at the event. For more information, contact Mike and Shirley Montrose at 612- 822-2372.

MPLS Mirror tells the story of the Bike Cops program.

The neighborhood decided to change the community’s attitude towards the police by financing an innovative program, utilizing ‘bike cops’. In some ways, ‘bike cops’ isn’t innovative because instead of trying something that’s never been done before, it’s something that was done for years by ‘beat cops’ and abandoned in favor of patrol cars. The neighbors believed that the downside to patrol cars was the distancing of police from the citizens, especially youth that they pledged to protect and serve. The other downside was the distancing from the criminal element. Residents believed that police patrols, speeding past criminals going about their day-to-day criminal pursuits, distanced them from what was going on in the ‘house next door’.

LNA decided to earmark funds to pay off-duty officers to patrol the streets to bring them closer to both groups.

I’d be curious to hear how they measure their success. Clearly the program has a lot of support from residents and businesses.

I was oh so pleased to click through to Champions’ website and see the Lynx logo up there along with the Vikings, Gophers, Twins, Timberwolves, and Wild. (Sorry Swarm and Thunder fans.) If Champions is regularly showing televised Lynx games, I’d be far more inclined to go there and watch than to go all the way downtown to NBA City.

4 Comments so far

  1. mykel on July 9th, 2008 @ 5:01 pm

    I find this very interesting that it was community support and funding that brought the bike cops into their neighborhood.

    I remember reading a long time ago about how the residents of North MPLS would really like more of a beat cop presence. While it might be more difficult to get funding for this sort of program (do they have bike cops in north?), I would really like to see some sort of external fundraising or support for a program like this in north minneapolis.


  2. derushaj on July 9th, 2008 @ 5:05 pm

    I did a story on this effort about a year ago at WCCO. You can read/watch it here.


  3. mykel on July 9th, 2008 @ 5:32 pm

    Jason,

    Do you know of the areas where the bike cops are operating, and in general how it’s been going?

    I’ve seen them downtown. I wonder if they’re in the high crime neighborhoods, and whether such an effort would help in any way.

    Mykel


  4. Erica M (ericam) on July 10th, 2008 @ 8:47 am

    I hadn’t seen that, Jason. Thanks.

    I’m really just so impressed that a neighborhood and a neighborhood organization has demonstrated such commitment. Ideally, probably every neighborhood would like to have more beat cops (on bikes), but it can’t be all that easy to fund and coordinate. If it were, the city would be providing it already.

    Also, honestly, Lyndale is not that bad of a neighborhood, so this particular brand of police presence is going to have different requirements and a different effect versus, say, North Minneapolis.



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