Specialty Units

The Minneapolis Police Department offers numerous special assignments that provide training, resume-building experience, and variety in your day-to-day work. Most positions require a certain number of years on the force before an officer is eligible and a commitment of 2 years once assigned.

Bomb/Arson Squad

The Bomb/Arson Unit investigates cases involving fires of suspicious origins, suspected explosive devices, actual explosives and bomb threats. The Unit recovers and safely disposes of military ordinance, illegal fireworks and hazardous explosive chemicals. The Unit may also serve as initial investigative consultants for environmental crimes.

The Bomb/Arson Unit is an inter-department effort of the Minneapolis Fire and Police Departments. Minneapolis Fire Department Investigators are on duty 24-hours a day to provide detailed origin and cause of fire reports for all fires in Minneapolis. Reports are then assigned to a Minneapolis Police Sergeant to follow-up and possible pursue criminal charges.

Canine Unit

The Police Canine Unit serves the citizens and law enforcement officers of Minneapolis and the surrounding community. The goal of the Canine Unit is to make police work safer and more efficient for the men and women who patrol the streets through the use of specially trained canines.

Most of the Canine Unit is trained for patrol/apprehension. Several canines are narcotics detector certified and a few are explosives certified. The unit also has a qualified tracking bloodhound and a Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms certified explosive detector canine.

A canine handler must be a uniformed patrol officer with 4 years of MPD experience. After initial training, the selected officer will be assigned to a precinct and work with a K9 partner handling 911 calls, and other specific K9 duties.

Read more about the Canine Unit.

Homeland Security Unit

Homeland Security works with units like SWAT, Bomb/Arson, and Traffic Control in order to better coordinate emergency responses to critical situations by the Minneapolis Police Department.

The Homeland Security Unit is responsible for conducting threat assessments on events occurring in the City and vulnerability assessments at locations deemed to be part of the City's critical infrastructure. The unit is also responsible for planning emergency responses to critical situations, training staff in how to respond, procuring equipment necessary, and acting as the MPD liaison with other emergency responders in the region.

Learn more about Homeland Security Unit.

Mounted Patrol

Mounted Patrol is a full-time uniform position on horseback, which was created in 1996. This position requires a flexible work schedule, ability to work with outside agencies and businesses, and good public relations skills. Officers perform horse and equipment maintenance duties.

Selection of Mounted Patrol Officers is based on resume, oral interview, and a riding test. The initial skills test is very basic; no previous riding experience is required. There are yearly performance standards and Officers should expect to make a two year commitment to the Mounted Patrol.



Multicultural Recruitment Team (MCRT)

MCRT officers are responsible for developing and implementing recruitment programs for various positions within the Minneapolis Police Department. MCRT officers work closely with community organizations and police professional organizations to identify candidates that are seeking employment with the Minneapolis Police Department.

Selected candidates will receive training in recruitment techniques and conducting public presentations. Candidates will have an opportunity to develop and improve their communication skills through interaction with the public. A two year commitment to the program is desired.

Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)

Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) is a volunteer unit providing tactical response for all situations involving barricaded suspects, snipers or hostages. SWAT is the basic control unit for serving high-risk arrest or search warrants. SWAT is available to assist with or assume control of large civil disturbances at the direction of the Chief of Police.

SWAT members receive intense training with rifles, gas delivery, forced entry, communications, negotiations and medical support. Its members are assigned to various precincts and divisions throughout the department and may be summoned to an incident as necessary. SWAT Officers are permanently assigned to other duties but volunteer for SWAT service. A uniformed patrol officer must have 3 years of MPD experience to apply for SWAT.

Special Events/Police Reserve

The Special Events Coordinator is responsible for reviewing and approving all special event permits applied for in the city. With that the coordinator is also responsible for scheduling officers for these events. Special Events Coordinator is also responsible for the Minneapolis Police Reserves, who are volunteer non-sworn officers who assist at many events throughout the year.

Learn more about the Police Reserve.

Traffic Control

The Traffic Control Unit provides traffic control during rush hours in the Minneapolis downtown district as well as for special events at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis Convention Center and Target Center.

Traffic Control Agents also monitor parking meters in the City as well as provide enforcement support during street cleaning and snow emergencies.

Traffic Unit

The Traffic Unit handles all the traffic enforcement and accident investigations in the City. Officers assigned to this unit work 10 hour shifts. Traffic officers are highly trained in accident reconstruction and forensic evidence collection. The Traffic Unit investigates all felony and fatal auto accidents.

Read more details about the Traffic Unit.

Last updated Sep 2, 2016



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