6-100 Mutual Aid and Other Agency Relationships


Establishing and maintaining channels of communication between law enforcement agencies and other criminal justice agencies is essential to cooperating and planning with agencies with differing mandates. (04/01/93)

It is the policy of this department to establish and maintain liaisons and relationships with criminal justice agencies and coordinating councils. (04/01/93)


Requests for non-emergency assistance within the city limits shall be referred to a superior officer. Superior officers shall cooperate with other agencies and encourage good relations. Requests for assistance from police agencies outside the city limits shall be made through the on-duty watch commander.


The MPD will not respond to requests to pick up and transport juveniles for Hennepin County agencies or for other jurisdictions unless the MPD has specifically requested other jurisdictions or agencies to locate and/or hold a juvenile for Minneapolis. This includes requests from other law enforcement agencies to "meet them at the border" to transfer custody responsibility for the transportation to a truancy/curfew or other youth center, or any other location.

The following are the circumstances under which a Minneapolis officer will transport a person to or from a Hennepin County or social service agency, or other jurisdiction:

  1. When a juvenile or adult is initially placed under arrest or taken into protective custody by MPD at the request of the Hennepin County agency;
  2. The MPD requested other jurisdictions to locate and/or hold a juvenile;
  3. When an abandoned or lost child is found in Minneapolis and a parent cannot be located;
  4. When child abuse or abuse to a vulnerable adult is discovered and an officer is dispatched to write the initial 72-hour health and welfare hold;
  5. When an intoxicated juvenile or adult is found within the City of Minneapolis and must be transported to a detox shelter; or (07/11/00)
  6. When a person currently within the City of Minneapolis must be taken to the HCMC Crisis Unit to be placed under an emergency admission or transportation hold. (07/11/00)

In the following circumstances MPD officers shall not transport a juvenile or adult:

  1. When a juvenile or adult has already been placed under an emergency hold and need to be transported to or from a Hennepin County or social service agency for any reason;
  2. When a juvenile has been placed into custody of the Hennepin County Child;
  3. Protection agency by either a parent or a court order;
  4. When a juvenile or adult is under the care of a Hennepin County or social service agency but no criminal charge or emergency hold is requested;
  5. When the placement of an emergency hold is requested for a juvenile or adult as a result of an incident which occurred outside the jurisdiction of the City of Minneapolis; or
  6. When another jurisdiction requests transfer of custody of a juvenile or adult for transport (unless MPD requested a locate/hold). This includes requests from other agencies to "meet them at the border" to transfer juveniles to a truancy/curfew center or other social service agency. The MPD (i.e. Watch Commander) will contact a superior officer from any agency that drops off a juvenile at an MPD facility. The MPD will make arrangements for that agency to return to pick up and transport the youth to the proper facility. Transportation to a necessary destination of a person taken into custody by another jurisdiction is the responsibility (and liability) of the arresting or in-custody jurisdiction. (07/11/00)

None of the above precludes MPD officers from transporting children or adults to be examined or interviewed in the course of a MPD investigation.


The policy of this department is to provide law enforcement assistance or to be assisted by other law enforcement agencies in adjoining or concurrent jurisdictions in the event of unusual occurrences, such as natural and man made disasters and civil disturbances. (04/01/93)

The Minneapolis Police Department participates in a mutual aid agreement with the St. Paul Police Department and all law enforcement agencies within Hennepin County. The purpose of the agreement is to provide a legal vehicle for sharing law enforcement resources, both personnel and equipment.


1. The decision to request assistance from other law enforcement agencies is left to the discretion of the requesting agency. As a general guideline, any emergency incident or event that is beyond the capabilities of the requesting agency could reasonably justify assistance under mutual aid. The following personnel are authorized to request assistance from other law enforcement agencies:

These same personnel are authorized to respond to a request for assistance from other agencies covered in the mutual aid agreement.

2. The authorized official requesting assistance shall contact the appropriate responding official and include the following information in the request:

The decision to provide assistance and how much assistance to provide rests solely with the responding agency. The mutual aid agreement does not obligate any agency to respond to a request for assistance and does not create any liability for any agency who chooses not to provide assistance when requested.

3. When an agency responds to a request for assistance, the responding official may recall all or part of the resources provided at any time, if needed by the responding agency.

4. The agency requesting assistance shall be responsible for managing the event or incident for which assistance is requested.

When Minneapolis police officers respond to a request for assistance from another agency, they shall remain under the direction and control of the superior or senior officer in charge of the Minneapolis detail. The superior or senior officer in charge of the detail shall coordinate with the commanding officer in charge of the event or incident from the requesting agency.

Officers from another agency responding to a request for assistance from Minneapolis shall remain under the direction and control of a superior or senior officer from their agency. The superior or senior officer from the responding agency shall coordinate with the commanding officer in charge of the event or incident in Minneapolis.


Minneapolis police officers directed to provide assistance to another agency shall be deemed to be performing in their regular line of duty as fully as if they were in their own jurisdiction. The City of Minneapolis assumes responsibility for the officer's wages, worker's compensation protection, and any other liability to the same extent as when the officer is serving in Minneapolis. The authorization to respond to calls for emergency assistance outside of Minneapolis does not extend to officers who are off duty or who are not serving in their regular line of duty.

The Minneapolis Police Department shall be responsible for its own personnel, including any injuries or death, and its equipment and supplies, including any damage or loss when responding to another agency's request for assistance. Agencies responding to a request for assistance from Minneapolis shall assume all responsibility for their personnel, including injuries or death, and equipment and supplies, including damage or loss.


When a natural disaster, civil disorder or other emergency requires assistance beyond the capabilities of local law enforcement agencies, military assistance from the Minnesota National Guard may be requested using the following procedures:

  1. The on-scene Incident Commander will notify the Emergency Operations Center Commander of the need for additional military assistance. If the Emergency Operations Center Commander concurs with the request, the Emergency Operations Commander will telephone the Minnesota 24 hour Duty Officer and request assistance of the Minnesota National Guard, describing the situation and the intended role of National Guard personnel with instructions for reporting to a staging area.
  2. The Emergency Operations Center Commander must then notify the Mayor that the request for assistance was made and notify the on-scene Incident Commander the request was forwarded.
  3. The verbal request made to the Minnesota Duty Officer must be followed by a written request signed by the Mayor.
  4. The National Guard assistance must not be requested until all other Mutual Aid resources have been utilized. When dispatched to provide assistance, the National Guard will provide a liaison officer to coordinate the activities of the National Guard with the on-scene Incident Commander.


In the event of an emergency situation on the Minneapolis Campus of the University of Minnesota, the University President or the President's designee may contact the Mayor of Minneapolis or the Mayor's designee and request police assistance. The request shall be made electronically, orally, or in writing. If the Mayor approves the request, the on-duty watch commander will be ordered to coordinate activities with the University of Minnesota Police (UMPD). Minneapolis Police Department personnel will remain city employees under the direction of their superiors at the scene. UMPD personnel will remain university employees under the direction of their supervisors.

If the emergency situation requires a tactical response, decisions regarding such a response will be made only after consultation with civilian and police administrative officials from the University, the City of Minneapolis and the two police departments. A tape recording or chronological report of the events and decisions made shall be kept by the UMPD.

If Minneapolis Police command personnel or an Incident Commander wishes to request the assistance of the National Guard to the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Campus, the request should be forwarded through an Emergency Operations Center Commander for large scale disturbances, or forwarded to the Minnesota Duty Officer by the University President and the Mayor of Minneapolis. (03/20/96)

Requests for National Guard Assistance must include an assessment of the emergency situation and the intended role of the National Guard personnel. (03/20/96)


Federal law enforcement agencies may be contacted for assistance in emergency situations through the Chief of Police, Chief's designee or the on-duty Watch Commander in their absence. The following Federal agencies may be called; the phone numbers are on file with the Minneapolis Emergency Communications Center or may be found in the blue colored government pages of the Minneapolis Telephone Directory: (04/01/93)


As per Minn. Stat. §86B.105, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office shall investigate all drownings and watercraft accidents that involve personal injury or death; and damage or loss of property occurring in the County. MPD officers, via MECC, shall notify the Sheriff’s Office when a reportable accident, i.e., theft, vandalism, fire, assault, etc., has occurred on the lakes/rivers/ponds (water or ice) in Minneapolis.

Upon request of the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department or any suburban law enforcement agency within Hennepin County, the Minneapolis Police Department's Bomb Unit shall respond to reported incidents involving bombs, explosives, or incendiary devices occurring within Hennepin County.

The agency providing service under this agreement shall do so at no cost or liability to the requesting agency.


Certain areas within and outside of the geographic boundaries of the City present special problems because of uncertainty about which agency has primary jurisdiction. Officers dispatched to an emergency situation where the jurisdiction is unclear or where the response is out of the Minneapolis jurisdiction shall take the appropriate action to relieve the emergency at hand until properly relieved by the appropriate authority.

THEODORE WIRTH PARK: Although the park is located in both Minneapolis and Golden Valley, the entire park is considered a Minneapolis Police response area. Calls for service to Golden Valley Police will be referred to MECC.

VETERAN'S HOSPITAL: Police response within hospital grounds and buildings is the primary responsibility of the Veteran's Administration Police Department. Assistance by the Minneapolis Police Department will be provided upon request.

Minneapolis police will be the primary responders for events occurring on Minnehaha Ave. S. from 54th St. S. to the intersection of Minnehaha and the Crosstown Highway even though this area is technically a state highway. The State Highway Patrol may be requested to provide investigative assistance, if needed.

TWIN CITIES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: The Metropolitan Airport Commission (MAC) police are the primary responders for events occurring at the airport. Minneapolis police assistance may be requested in potential or actual crash situations through the mutual aid agreement.

Minneapolis also has an agreement with the Air Reserve Base and the Metropolitan Airport Commission for the use of the Minneapolis Emergency Response Unit (ERU). In the event of a hostage, highjacking, or barricaded suspect in the Air Reserve Compound, Minneapolis ERU personnel may be deputized by the U.S. Marshal and used to supplement the F.B.I. Tactical Team. The MAC police would defer any hostage, high-jacking, or barricaded suspect incident outside of the main terminal to the F.B.I. The Minneapolis ERU may be requested by the ranking MAC officer to assist in perimeter security and/or to supplement the F.B.I. Tactical Team. Minneapolis police personnel will be sworn in by the U.S. Marshal when supplementing the F.B.I. Tactical Team.

HISTORIC FORT SNELLING/FORT SNELLING: Police response for Historic Fort Snelling and Fort Snelling is the responsibility of the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department. Minneapolis police may be requested to respond to high priority emergency calls because our units will usually be closer. Assistance to this area should be treated as any other request under the mutual aid agreement.

HENNEPIN COUNTY 62/E/W 62ND ST: East and West 62nd Street are not the same as Crosstown Highway 62. On East 62nd Street, all even numbered addresses are the jurisdiction of the Minneapolis Police Department and all odd numbered addresses belong to the City of Richfield. On West 62nd Street, the even numbered addresses as far as 3300 West Xerxes belong under the Minneapolis jurisdiction and the odd numbered addresses belong either to Richfield or Edina.

CROSSTOWN HIGHWAY 62: In general, the Minneapolis Police Department will provide the primary police response anywhere from Highway 55 on the east to Xerxes Avenue on the west. If the event is known for certain to be EASTBOUND between Portland Avenue and Xerxes Avenue, the call will be given to the Richfield Police Department. If the location is not known for certain, Minneapolis police will respond. In the Commons area where the Crosstown merges with I-35W for a short distance (area west of 2nd Ave S and east of Fremont), the State Highway Patrol will provide the primary police response.

The Hennepin County Sheriff's Department shares responsibility for the Crosstown with Minneapolis and Richfield. The Sheriff cannot always provide rapid primary response, but can provide assistance when requested. The State Highway Patrol has no primary jurisdiction on the Crosstown, but will respond if requested.

I-35W/I-94: The State Highway Patrol provides the primary police response for I-35W and I-94. Assistance from Minneapolis police may be requested by the Highway Patrol in special circumstances.


The Minneapolis Fire Department is the primary responder for all fires, hazardous materials incidents, and water rescue from the lakes in the City. Officers shall assist the fire department with traffic and crowd control when requested. They shall also take proper measures to assure that all hydrants are accessible to fire equipment. The on-duty watch commander shall be notified of all major fires.

When officers are at the scene of a fire extinguished by someone or something other than the fire department, they shall notify the dispatcher who will in turn notify the fire dispatcher.

Officers shall notify a supervisor of the fire department anytime they suspect arson, the use of molotov cocktails or other incendiary device. Any use of, or suspected use of, incendiary devices also requires the notification of the Minneapolis Police Bomb Unit.



The Minneapolis Police Department considers the use of helicopters an asset and an effective law enforcement tool. The State Patrol helicopter is available 24 hours per day, and the MPD encourages its use. The State Patrol Helicopter Unit has been assigned an MPD call sign and has the capability of communicating via our radio channels.

Upon request of the Minneapolis Police Department, the Minnesota State Patrol Helicopter Unit may be requested to respond to reported incidents requiring helicopter services occurring within the city of Minneapolis.

Any supervisor or dispatcher may make an inquiry via radio as to whether the State Patrol Helicopter Unit is available for assistance.

The official request for assistance shall be made through MECC. MECC shall contact the State Patrol Helicopter Unit stating the type of assistance needed and location, and requesting an estimated time of arrival (ETA). The Watch Commander shall also be notified when assistance has been requested.

When responding to an incident, the State Patrol helicopter pilot will advise dispatch and communicate via radio with MECC and the ground units requesting assistance.

The Minneapolis Police Department shall be responsible for managing the event or incident for which assistance is requested.

As soon as the supervisor in charge determines that assistance is no longer needed, the supervisor shall notify MECC and the State Patrol Helicopter Unit immediately.

Supervisors shall also make non-urgent or pre-planned event requests.

Landing zones in each precinct have been established, enabling the State Patrol helicopter to land if needed. A file copy of landing zone locations shall be kept on file at each precinct, MECC, with the Watch Commander, and the State Patrol Helicopter Unit.

MECC shall maintain records via CAD event data, which includes the date and time of request for assistance, name and rank of officers, location, type of incident, and squad numbers involved.

If the State Patrol helicopter pilots have recorded an incident on videotape, a supervisor may request a copy of the videotape through MECC. A nominal charge may be incurred. MECC shall make such requests through the State Patrol Aviation Officer at 651-296-3170.


The nature of police activity requires that all department personnel at times, work closely with private and public social service agencies. When providing assistance to citizens that is beyond police department capabilities, department personnel should consider referring citizens the agencies listed below. (04/01/93)


The police Court Liaison provides interagency communications and coordination between the department and the offices of the Hennepin County Attorney and the Minneapolis City Attorney. (04/01/93)


Juvenile Division personnel will liaison with the Juvenile Court on a daily, ongoing basis for the exchange of information. (04/01/93)


Precinct, division and unit manuals outline the activities and responsibilities for maintaining liaison with the District Court prosecutors on an ongoing basis. (04/01/93)


Adult and juvenile probation and parole agency liaison will be maintained on an as-necessary basis by all department personnel for increased understanding and effective relationships. Division, precinct and unit manuals describe these exchanges of information and reports. (04/01/93)


It is essential for law enforcement communication and investigations to maintain professional liaison with other law enforcement agencies. Precinct, division and unit manuals describe these liaisons with adjoining jurisdictions and those of concurrent authority. All department personnel are expected to assist and to cooperate with other Federal, State, County and Local law enforcement agencies. (04/01/93)


Traffic safety, education, enforcement and planning requires Minneapolis Police liaisons with public safety agencies at city and state levels in addition to those of private agencies. (04/01/93)


It is the policy of this department to participate in Hennepin County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council activities and task forces. Liaison assignments may be made to department personnel periodically and precinct and division manuals further describe additional activities and responsibilities. (04/01/93)


The effective delivery of emergency service often requires a coordinated response from police, fire and emergency medical personnel. All department employees are encouraged to develop and maintain good working relationships with fire department and emergency medical department personnel. (04/01/93)

The department Administration participates in a 911 User Board with the Fire department, Emergency Medical Services and Minneapolis Emergency Communication Department for planning and a coordinated emergency response. (04/01/93)


The policy of this department is to participate in regional services providing communications and informational data for law enforcement agencies as follows: (04/01/93)


The Minneapolis Police Department, through MECC, has access to Channel 8, a metro-wide emergency channel. If a need exists for a link-up to the Minnesota Statewide Emergency channel, MECC will patch the statewide channel into the Metro channel for use by the department. (04/01/93)


The Department participates in the Minnesota Automated Fingerprint Network (MAFIN) for evidentiary and identification purposes in compiling fingerprint records for Department use. (04/01/93)


The Minneapolis Police Department participates in the Criminal Justice Information System to track wanted persons and stolen property. (04/01/93)


The Department participates and complies with the Minnesota Uniform Crime Reporting Standards (UCR) and retains the UCR reports per Department/Division policy. (04/01/93)


The policy of this department is to provide and to utilize paid law enforcement services based on precise contractual agreements in accordance with Minnesota Statutes 471.59 - Joint Exercise Of Powers. (04/01/93)


The purchase of law enforcement services will be preceded by an assessment of needed services by the requesting agency. Written documentation of an analysis of problems, needs, capabilities and alternate methods of obtaining law enforcement services will be provided and/or retained by the agency providing the services. (04/01/93)


All contracted law enforcement services provided to, or by, the City of Minneapolis shall require a written Joint Powers Agreement to include a precise description of the law enforcement services, facilities and equipment to be provided, with the date and duration of services. (04/01/93)

The agreement shall also stipulate terms of contract modification and the termination of contract. (04/01/93)


The Joint Powers Agreement shall specify the terms of payment to the provider agency. The cost of contracted services shall include personnel salaries, fringe benefits, equipment costs, maintenance costs, accounting costs and all indirect costs. The Minneapolis Police Department will maintain cost accounting records for the services provided to another agency. (04/01/93)


All agreements for contracted law enforcement services shall contain an indemnification clause to establish liability for suits or legal actions and shall identify by name and authority, those persons authorizing the Joint Powers Agreement. (04/01/93)


The Joint Powers Agreement will state that both the requesting agency and the providing agency shall maintain control over their respective personnel with regard to hiring, training, assignment, discipline and dismissal. The employment rights of all personnel assigned under an agreement shall not be abridge by the agency providing the contracted law enforcement services. (04/01/93)

Last updated Jun 19, 2018



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