A wealthy neighborhood in the Minnesota city of Minneapolis is crowdfunding for increased police patrols after the city council voted to “end policing as we know it” by defunding the department by one million dollars. So far, the neighborhood of Lowry Hill has raised a shocking $210,000 to pay for more city police officers as the city deals with an unprecedented crime surge in the liberal city.

In Lowry Hill, more than forty percent of residents earn six figures. The community gave generously to get more police patrol units in their neighborhood, covering the $107 per hour for each overtime hour the patrols worked to help keep the community a safer place for the rich residents.

In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, Minneapolis experienced a surge in crime. The criminal activity was exacerbated by the global pandemic and the leadership of then-President Donald Trump. But when the city voted to cut the police department budget in 2020 amid the protestors’ calls to defund the police, crime saw a resurgence. Nevertheless, the Minneapolis Police Department currently operates on a shocking $196 million budget, which is actually three million more than it was three years ago.

The effort to raise money to pay police officers to patrol Lowry Hill was organized by a resident-created nonprofit organization called The Minneapolis Safety Initiative. The nonprofit crowdfunding goes to hiring more patrol units in an effort to make the streets a safer place for residents. The program hopes to bridge the gap between what the police department can afford and what the people of Lowry Hill need from their officers. The program is a “temporary measure to address the current crime wave while MPD continues to rebuild to full staffing levels.”

Residents who are supportive of the nonprofit crowdfunding initiative are asked to donate $220 per month for a commitment of six months in order for the initiative to make its “desired impact” on the safety of the local community.

Earlier this year, Lowry Hill secured a contract to get extra police presence in their neighborhood for $210,000. The increased police presence in the wealthy neighborhood will be in effect from January 17, 2022, to December 31, 2022. That’s why the nonprofit asks donors to give monthly to help cover the ongoing expense of the program.

The money that is given to the crowdfunding initiative goes to cover the overtime pay of police officers who are patrolling the rich neighborhood. Although it is not stated how often extra patrols visit the neighborhood, the nonprofit organization claims that a $110 donation will cover one hour of overtime pay for a police officer.

“We ask that you plan to contribute for at least six months to give enough time to evaluate the initiative’s impact,” the nonprofit’s website states. “To determine the appropriate program length, we will evaluate data and consult with program participants within six months of program start.”

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