MPD hires new 5th Precinct crime prevention specialist

The Minneapolis Police Department has hired Kingfield resident Sarah Mahmud as a crime prevention specialist for the 5th Precinct’s first sector, which includes the Cedar Isles Dean, Kenwood, Lowry Hill, Lowry Hill East, East Isles, Whittier, Steven’s Square and Loring Heights neighborhoods.

Mahmud started Sept. 18, replacing Jennifer Waisanen, who now works in North Minneapolis.

Civilian crime prevention specialists work with neighborhoods to inform them of crime trends, reduce fear of crime, enhance community cooperation with police and improve the quality of life in Minneapolis.

Mahmud said she is looking forward to being a resource for the third sector community of the 5th Precinct.

“I want to become as involved as I possibly can,” she said.

Mahmud said she was inspired to apply for the crime prevention specialist position after meeting her Kingfield neighbors, who are active in the community. She has lived in Southwest for three years and recently purchased a home in Kingfield.

Before joining the Police Department, Mahmud worked at the Walker Art Center, where she corresponded with members and the community as member benefits coordinator. She has also worked on environmental conservation programs for the DNR as an Americorps member.

She has a bachelor of arts degree in studio art and biology from St. Olaf College.

Mahmud can be reached at 673-2819 and

The 5th Precinct has three sectors and one other crime prevention specialist besides Mahmud.

Tom Thompson serves sector two, which includes West Calhoun, Linden Hills, East Calhoun, CARAG, Lyndale, Kingfield and East Harriet. He can be reached at 673-2823 and

Thompson and Mahmud will split duties for the precinct’s third sector until someone is hired for that job, said Lt. Amelia Huffman. The department hopes to fill that position as soon as possible, she said.

Sector three includes Fulton, Lynnhurst, Tangletown, Armatage, Kenny and Windom.