Located within the Minneapolis Police Department First Precinct, the Fusion Center serves as the informational hub of the Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District. Dispatch Ambassadors staff the Fusion Center 365 days a year to respond to pedestrian requests of Ambassadors on the streets, track weather and emergency news alerts, communicate with outreach services for people in need, monitor public area cameras and serve as the central point on the RadioLINK system.
For everyone one law enforcement officer there are approximately thirteen private security officers. The RadioLINK Security Communication Network is a force-multiplier that connects Minneapolis Police Officers directly with private security teams, outreach teams, and the Fusion Center via a common radio channel. The program currently links the private security teams of over 60 downtown buildings, businesses and venues; all looking out for you and your surroundings while you enjoy our city.
Ambassadors proactively monitor a network of public area cameras throughout downtown, deploying ambassadors, outreach services, emergency medical services, and Police as needed to address issues before they escalate. DID monitoring during critical hours of bar-close increases police effectiveness and the safety of both officers and the public. Monitoring is also used to gather evidence of activity to support criminal and licensing investigations.
In 2010 Minneapolis DID funded the purchase of an MPD mobile trailer camera which can easily be positioned throughout downtown and has even been an effective deterrent to illegal behavior.
DID Ambassadors are always looking out for you whether they are patrolling the district sidewalks, monitoring cameras from the Fusion Center, or sharing severe weather announcements over RadioLINK. The Ambassador's are trained to recognize indications that a person may be in need of assistance or that a situation might be escalating. Connection with the Fusion Center allows Ambassadors to quickly inform first responders and capture surveillance data to aid law enforcement officials.
The Fusion Center is also connected to iNWS, a sophisticated weather tracking suite used by professional meteorologists. This advanced technology allows Fusion Ambassadors to send severe weather announcements via the RadioLINK network; early notification helps to protect downtown's patrons.
The Bank Robbery
Police receive a report of a bank robbery via 911. DID Ambassadors within the Fusion Center send out a suspect description two minutes later via RadioLINK. Seven minutes later the suspect is spoted by a private security guard in a skyway and notifies police via RadioLINK. Within a total of twelve minutes the suspect is in Police custody.
The Drug Deal
While monitoring surveillance cameras a private security guard catches a drug deal occurring outside his building and immediately reports the activity via RadioLINK. Minneapolis Police arrive onsite before the customer can round the corner. Both the dealer and customer are taken into custody.
The Lost Child
During the busy holiday shopping season a small boy wanders away from his family on Nicollet Mall. A DID Ambassador reports the lost child to the Fusion Center. A description of the child is broadcasted over RadioLINK. Within four minutes a private security guard locates the child and reunites him with his family.
SafeZone is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded by the Minneapolis Business Community in collaboration with the Minneapolis Police Department and local security organizations in 2006. SafeZone works to develop collaborative safety initiatives and address security trends in downtown Minneapolis by engaging community members, businesses, residents, elected officials, governmental policy-makers, police and other non-profits.
SafeZone became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District in July, 2009.