Shakopee police and volunteers clean up graffiti with a new solution

Under the Lewis Street Bridge in Shakopee, Minnesota, local police and volunteers teamed up Saturday morning to paint over the patchwork of previous traces of tagging.

This is the third time community members and police officers have joined forces in this way, but for the first time they're using a graffiti resistant paint, which allows any future tags to be power washed off. Graffiti resistant paint costs $105 per gallon and the hope is the specialized paint will create a more permanent solution.

Graffiti in Shakopee has never been a big problem and over the past 3 years graffiti reports have dropped 65 percent, but it always pops up somewhere. Police Chief Jeff Tate is thankful for people willing to be part of the solution, but says more than anything this is about making connections.

"With these events we're not talking about police work we're talking about sports, subjects studying in school it really does build a lot of comradery and build relationships positive relationships that go beyond just this one day." Chief Tate said.

"There's always a next step and maybe this is simple, but it's a good start to get that heart working toward that passion to serve." Landy Montiel said.

In mid-August, Shakopee will be taking a different approach at the Holmes Street Tunnel. They'll be having artists cover there walls with murals.

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