CODEFOR, before your very eyes

The Southwest community is invited to watch top brass from the Minneapolis Police Department conduct its weekly meeting to discuss crime trends and police deployment, Thursday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m. at Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave. S.

Chief of Police Robert Olson and other key staff will attend the CODEFOR meeting, named for the crime-tracking software the department uses. Cyndi Barrington, a public information officer, said staff would discuss crime patterns in each precinct, the location of crime hot spots and targeted responses.

The public is invited to observe but is not allowed to participate during the meeting, she said. The chief and other staff will stay after the meeting to answer questions.

The Police Department holds CODEFOR meetings once a week, Thursdays from 1 to 3:30 p.m. It decided to make the meetings public once a month at different precincts. It is "a way of better informing the community about what is going on in the city and another way to reach out to the citizens," Barrington said.