News from the Downtown Alliance
June 18, 2020
A note from the president

Friends,

This week I've asked newly appointed downtown beat commander Jesse Mollner of the Saint Paul Police Department to introduce himself and talk a bit about some of the ways that we can work together to keep downtown safe for everyone. Please don't hesitate to reach out to either Commander Mollner or me with questions or suggestions.

And be sure to keep reading to learn more about the new art installation at Landmark Center and how you can help clean up our shared downtown community.

Stay safe and be well,
 
Joe Spencer
President
Saint Paul Downtown Alliance
Change of the guard, continued commitment
Greetings downtown community members, 

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and update you on a couple personnel changes within your Saint Paul Police Department. I am Commander Jesse Mollner, and starting June 20, I will be assigned to the Downtown Beat. I will be filling the very large shoes of Commander Jeremy Ellison. He will be continuing his commitment to the Downtown Beat while transitioning into his new position as the Senior Commander of the Central District. We are fortunate to retain his leadership within the district, and he will surely provide a springboard for me as I take on this new role.

Just a brief note on my own experience with the Saint Paul Police Department. I was born in the city and was given the great opportunity to return as a police officer in 2001 after a five-year start in the Eau Claire Police Department in Wisconsin. The majority of my patrol experience was spent on the East Side, and most recently spending eight years in Major Crimes investigating family and sexual violence related matters. Working with my investigative team has been extremely rewarding, but I am excited for the new challenges the Downtown Beat has to offer.

Collaborative community response
Connecting with the downtown community over the past couple weeks has provided a glimpse of some of the challenges being faced. We are blessed to have a downtown rich with parks, skyways, new restaurants and businesses, and many experiences to enjoy. At the same time, we’ve recently seen a rise in activity that is interrupting the ability of residents and visitors to enjoy these amenities to their fullest. Your Saint Paul Police Department, under the leadership of Chief Axtell with the support of Mayor Carter’s Office, is fully committed to working with the community to ensure downtown areas are safe and welcoming places.

Through initiatives such as Gun Violence Reduction (GVR) and our Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) we’re focusing a proactive patrol response to problem areas experiencing violent crime, and other quality of life issues. Not all of these problems can be solved using a traditional law enforcement response, so we’re dedicated to maximizing our policing options in collaboration with community efforts.

In conjunction with the Downtown Alliance and as part of the City’s 2020 Community-First Public Safety budget, the Downtown Beat is working towards a fully staffed Joint Safety & Security Center (JSSC) to expand and monitor CCTV cameras around the downtown area. The initial plan would start with monitoring the existing 30 downtown cameras. This will expand into the private sector with businesses and residential property owners that wish to share their public-facing CCTV cameras and allow for viewing only by the JSSC.

Effective utilization of the police
We encourage members in our community to call the police. Calling the police makes a record of a particular issue which can help direct resources and an appropriate response. Not every situation is an emergency, and we have adopted tools for the public to report low level or undetermined crime issues. These include our teleservice and online reporting systems . Teleservice reporting allows a caller to speak with an officer to report issues and have a dialogue with the police department without an officer responding to a location. To make a teleservice report call 651-291-1111 and request to file a teleservice report. Online reporting allows a citizen to immediately make a police report without waiting for a police response. The reporting party can then obtain a copy of the online report at no cost. This can be accessed by going to stpaul.gov/PoliceReport .

Of course, in an emergency, always call 911.

Moving forward together
We have all felt the impacts of recent local and national events. Remaining true to our mission of protecting the peace and maintaining public safety through trusted service with respect has allowed our city to continue to provide exceptional service during these challenging times.
Your police department is adapting to changing demands and adopting best practices to continue to provide the high standard of public safety our community deserves. 
I look forward to continuing our downtown partnerships, and for the opportunity to move forward as a community collaborative.

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions.

Saint Paul Police Department, Downtown Beat
New sculpture coming to Landmark Plaza

The Milligan Studio, the artist team who created UPLIFT in Landmark Plaza, are currently installing their latest larger than life art piece downtown. Better Angels is a 14-foot tunnel made of hundreds of spinning pinwheels. Installation will be completed this weekend and will be on display through September 30.

The Saint Paul Downtown Alliance is asking for your help to clean up our shared downtown community.

We're still looking for volunteers to pick up trash around Mears Park twice each day.

Shifts will occur at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily. 

Have questions?