The Disappearing Sex Crimes Unit

In Minneapolis, with rapes on the rise, the Sex Crimes Unit of the Minneapolis Police Department has been cut from 10 investigators to 4--and their rape related arrests have tanked (see this week's cover story). The Chief of Police says he has a finite number of cops to move around and that he is accountable to community calls for cops on the street. Mayor Rybak says Pawlenty's Local Government Aid cuts are to blame. Meanwhile, for roughly nine out of every ten rapes reported to the police, there is a victim waiting to hear word of an arrest. What do you think?

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