In examining approaches to crime prevention the ﬁrst thing that needs to be done is examine the nature of crime in St. Cloud. The relocation and information warehouse “areavibes” calculates a livability index for cities in the USA. The index includes an overall livability made up from seven categories (Amenities, Cost of Living, Crime, Education, Employment, Housing and Weather). St. Cloud is rated above average in only one category (Amenities) where it receives a grade of A+. Our city receives a grade of F in three categories (Crime, Education and Weather). There is nothing we can do about the weather, but raising our grades in crime and education are possible. Let’s look at a profile of crime in St. Cloud. The following data has been taken from the areavibes website which can be found at:
According to annual crime data, the crime rate in St. Cloud, MN is 92% higher than the whole of the state of Minnesota. When compared with the national crime rate, St. Cloud’s rate is 61% higher than the national rate of crime. When looking at violent crime, St. Cloud, MN has a 79% higher violent crime rate than Minnesota as a whole and 13% higher rate than the national average.
Clearly there is room for improvement and a need for improvement.
"How did Nikolas Cruz rack up twenty-five disciplinary actions in high school without getting a referral to law enforcement? And how did law enforcement in Broward County go through as many as forty-fivecontacts with Cruz and his family without an arrest that would have appeared on a firearms-purchase background check? The issue is a so-called “Promise” program in Broward County, as Marco Rubio noted in his Senate speech today, but that’s not where it started.”
I am concerned that SCD might be enabling District 742 to have a discipline policy that is soft on juvenile crime. Can you provide assurance that the conditions present in Broward County leading up to the recent shooting in Parkland, FL are not present in St. Cloud?
Last May, Stearns County Attorney Janelle Kendall and Waite Park police Chief Dave Bentrud gave an eye opening presentation at the Area Cities meeting on sex trafficking in central Minnesota. This is a very serious problem for all of us. This article on sex trafficking in St. Cloud/Central Minnesota came out in 2016 however it’s very timely.
“According to the Stearns County Attorney's Office, St. Cloud is number two in the state behind the Twin Cities in the number of ads for sex. Authorities have also learned St. Cloud is a "training ground" for pimps looking to traffic women for sex. The reasons are numerous.”
“The Central Minnesota Sex Trafficking Task Force has been seeing some success from their efforts. All 100 cases of men looking to buy sex have led to convictions. And, there have been at least three convictions of men who were trafficking women with more awaiting court hearings.”
The task force has been outstanding however I think they need more resources.
From: William Anderson Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 9:15:22 PM To: Elizabeth Cc: Dave Masters; John Palmer; Matthew Staehling; Dave Kleis; Carol Lewis; Jeff Goerger; George Hontos; Jeff Johnson; John Libert; Steve Laraway Subject: Re: 22 questions asked on Aug 6th St Cloud City Council
My apology for the delay in getting the written response to you. I have just recently finished up a previously scheduled community meeting to discuss our police/community relations agreement. Attached you will find the written answers to your questions. Feel free to contact me directly if you have any further law enforcement related questions.
As a council member I will work to focus attention on the need to reduce crime.