• Minneapolis Police Department First Precinct Named Hospitality Hero

     
    POSTED March 11, 2019
     

    Minneapolis Police Sgt. Rob Illetschko and Lt. William Peterson with Meet Minneapolis President and CEO Melvin Tennant.

    Minneapolis Police Sgt. Rob Illetschko and Lt. William Peterson with Meet Minneapolis President and CEO Melvin Tennant.

The Minneapolis Police Department’s First Precinct was named the “Hospitality Hero” award winner for the fourth quarter of 2018 by the Meet Minneapolis, Convention and Visitors Association at its annual meeting in February.

Hospitality Hero awards are given quarterly to individuals or organizations in the Minneapolis hospitality community who have been nominated by their colleagues for making valuable contributions to the image and culture of Minneapolis through outstanding hospitality and service.

“The Minneapolis Police Department First Precinct works diligently to provide both the visitors and the locals of downtown with the utmost safety,” says nominator Tim Murray, owner of Murray’s Steakhouse.

In 2018 the First Precinct saw a 22 percent reduction in overall crime and officers kept visitors, residents and downtown workers safer by employing creative new strategies to reduce crime. Successful strategies included: partnering with social service agencies to provide help for the homeless; working with YouthLink to help youth receive needed services and establishing communications with the downtown community by advising safety groups and hosting livability forums.

The First Precinct also works with Meet Minneapolis to provide a welcoming environment for visitors and convention groups to enjoy downtown Minneapolis. In December, officers kept downtown safe for the 2018 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championships when more than 23,000 students, coaches and spectators enjoyed events throughout the city.

“The officers and leadership of the First Precinct work diligently to keep downtown safe and vibrant for all our meetings and convention groups, as well as leisure visitors,” says Melvin Tennant, Meet Minneapolis President and CEO. “We couldn’t do what we do without their efforts.”
 

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