Minneapolis is a template for fight on youth crime
Law enforcement leaders at a recent national summit found answers in the city's approach: Treating the persistent violence as a public health issue.
The holistic approach that views violence among kids as a public health issue as well as a police problem has reduced juvenile crime in Minneapolis by 20 percent from last year, and the approach was highlighted at a recent conference on violence held in Schaumburg, Ill.
The arrest of two teenage gang members in the shooting of a 12-year-old girl last week makes clear that challenges remain. But police in cities where violent crime is escalating hope the Minneapolis lessons can help reduce the carnage - especially among children.
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