Minneapolis police monitoring domestic calls during COVID-19

Police say drop in calls could mean trouble for victims

The Morning News with Dave Lee
May 07, 2020 - 10:01 am

Two Minneapolis police officers have contracted COVID-19 since the outbreak began in Minnesota, but are recovering at home according to Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo.

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Arradondo joined the Morning News with Dave Lee on Thursday morning to discuss a variety of topics including police personal protective equipment, car thefts in Minneapolis, and domestic abuse calls.

"We're continuing to monitor domestic calls," Arradondo said. "Domestic calls are one of those types of calls that we certainly don't want to see the volume go up, but if it does, it means that survivors and victims feel comfortable in alerting police and authorities of the abuse taking place."

With more people at home in Minneapolis and across the state during Minnesota's extended stay at home order, Arradondo says that could prevent people from seeking help.

"If people aren't reporting into work as they normally would, so if that is preventing victims from contacting police like they normally would, then we need to be mindful of that," he said. "We're working closely with our social service advocates and domestic assault advocates in really making sure we keep an eye on that. If the call number were to continue to drop, that'd be very concerning."

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