Obama to Visit Mpls. Police Dept. Special Operations Center

Posted at: 01/31/2013 4:26 PM
Updated at: 01/31/2013 4:56 PM
By: Cassie Hart

President Obama will be visiting Minneapolis on Monday to discuss gun violence.
    
This is the president's first trip outside Washington centering on his proposals to reduce gun violence. He will travel to the Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center to deliver remarks and discuss with local leaders and law enforcement officials his comprehensive set of common sense ideas to reduce gun violence.

The president has been working closely with some of our local crime fighters.      
    
This week Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek and Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau met with the president in Washington D.C.
    
The group of law enforcement leaders urged the president to improve mental health systems and strengthen background checks.
    
Sheriff Stanek hopes to continue that conversation with the president during his visit.

Sheriff Stanek said, "The real key here though is finding something that works across the board. Again he doesn't make public policy, I do enforce it, and I do help influence public policy. And that's how I'm going to spend our time whether it's the president of the United States, the Governor of Minnesota, the Minnesota State Legislature or local elected officials."

Minneapolis is one city that had a deadly mass shooting in 2012, including the school shooting in Connecticut and movie theatre massacre in Colorado.
   
Back in September a disgruntled worker shot and killed six people at Accent Signage.

The visit will be open to the media only and closed to the public.