Friday, March 19, 2010

How To Get 911 Data On Problem Properties In Minneapolis...

Photo and blog post by John Hoff

A North Minneapolis resident who helped me to obtain data for both the area around Hawthorn (sic) Crossings strip mall as well as Wally's Foods wrote out helpful instructions about how to obtain this kind of data.

Here are the instructions, exactly as written...

John,

It's a piece of cake:
Sit down in front of your computer

Turn on your computer

Open your email browser

Type: crimeprevention@ci.minneapolis.mn.us in the address line.

Type something in the subject line

Type a greeting like: "Hi," or "To Whom It May Concern," or "Hello," or "Good Morning," or "Greetings," or "Dear Coolest People on Earth."

Type something in the body of the email identifying what you need (e.g. "I'm looking for the 9-1-1 call reports for Address X placed within the following dates xx/xx/xxx to xx/xx/xxxx"). I've always identified myself as a block club leader and indicated that I'm conducting research regarding crime statistics, but I do not know if this is necessary.

Type "Thank you" and your name.

Proofread the email

Press "Send" and then wait for a response.

Hope this helps.

3 comments:

Low End Leroy said...

You may also request this information for an entire block (e.g. the 1800 Block of Penn Ave N., or for an intersection, such as the intersection of Sheridan Ave. N. and Plymouth Ave. N.)

LEL

Anonymous said...

How long does it generally take for them to get back to you?

Johnny Northside said...

It's my understanding it's only a day or two.