Rich Alteri has been busy. Every week, he combs through research, meets with local leaders in juvenile outreach, social services and justice reform while building new relationships with law enforcement agencies across Ramsey County.
A commander for the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office, Alteri has been working at the County Attorney’s Office since March through part of a $900,000 grant acquired by Congresswoman Betty McCollum, the Democrat from Minnesota’s 4th Congressional District. His goal: planning an initiative with criminal justice officials from across the county to solve more nonfatal shootings.
The new strategy in Ramsey County hopes to marshal state and local resources in what officials are calling a “full court press” to solve nonfatal shootings. Alteri says all nine of the county’s law enforcement agencies, from the St. Paul Police Department to Mounds View PD, plan to collaborate in the initiative.
The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office plans to use $1.7 million over four years to pay for an investigator from the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office, shooting investigations for local law enforcement, quicker turnaround times to test guns used in crimes, and a fund for victim witnesses’ safety.
Full story: Ramsey County authorities planning ‘full-court press’ on nonfatal shooting investigations