Violence Prevention
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Violence Prevention

Violence Prevention
Resources for talking with children and youth about loss and violence in the community and the world
Speak Up Minneapolis

MPS, in partnership with the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) and the Mayor's Youth Violence Prevention Blueprint, has launched an anonymous youth tip-line called "Speak Up Minneapolis". This tip-line allows youth from across the city to phone or text reports of potential violence including weapons in schools, parks, libraries or other locations.  Trained Counselors are available at parks, libraries or other locations and are available 24 hours a day to take detailed summaries of the potential threat and will then phone or email a complete report to MPD and district Emergency Management and Safety & Security staff. School Principals and Community Agency Leads, at potentially impacted sites, will then be contacted so a comprehensive response plan can be created and implemented.

All MPS high schools, middle schools and targeted K-8 sites have received Speak Up materials for their students. MPS Parks and Public Libraries have also received hallway posters in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong which inform youth on the tip-line and how to call or text it when they know of a potential threat of violence in our community. We also have language-specific optional wallet cards and planner or cell phone stickers with the Speak Up phone and text info available for distribution. If you would like to receive posters or other materials for use at your agency, or if you have questions about the project, please contact us.
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