Reducing the rate of violent crime in Minnesota is important due to its significant impact on individuals, communities, and the overall well-being of society. Violent crime not only causes physical harm and emotional distress to victims but also, addressing the issue of violent crime is needed to foster a positive social environment, where trust, cooperation, and community engagement can flourish.
Reducing the number of violent crimes, means reducing the number of victims of violence in our state. We know that violence disproportionately affects our communities of color. In 2022, according to data reported to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Census Bureau, the rate of criminal offenses being perpetrated against Black Minnesotans is 9.5 times higher than the lowest rate, and American Indians and Pacific Islanders 5 times the lowest rate. The chart below shows the monthly rate per 100,000 residents for 2020-2023 and the most recent available year of crime victim data by race.
Goal: Minnesota communities are safe so all people can live and thrive.
Measurable goal for 2027: Reach the lowest rate of violent crime in Minnesota since 1985, which corresponds to a violent crime rate of 218 per 100,000 residents.