Patrol

Our bureau responds to calls for service and enforces the law.
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Canine and officer.
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Overview

The Patrol Bureau includes all of the officers who:

  • Watch over our City's neighborhoods day to day
  • Respond to emergencies across the City

You may see us:

  • On foot
  • In a squad car
  • Riding a bicycle or horse
  • With a police dog

We focus on:

  • Community policing
  • Crime prevention
  • Response to 911 calls

Each patrol officer is assigned to a specific precinct.

See a list of precincts

Special Operations & Intelligence Division

Our division consists of:

  • Bomb squad
    • Responds to incidents and potential threats involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive devices
    • Conducts sweeps before major sporting events
    • Helps other area law enforcement agencies
  • Crisis negotiators
    • Draw upon extensive training in crisis negotiating
    • Respond to scenes after an individual has created a public safety risk to themselves or others in the immediate area
  • SWAT
    • Consists of highly-trained police officers
    • Uses special weapons and tactics to handle high-risk situations
  • Mobile command
    • Uses advanced mobile technology truck
    • Responds to critical incidents and complex scenes
  • Strategic Information Center (SIC)
    • Coordinates internal and external information-sharing about crimes and investigations

Mounted Patrol Unit

We use the size and ability of horses to help control crowds. Our unit is a highly visible part of the department. Our officers are fully-trained riders. 

We are a resource for the Minneapolis Police Department with:

  • Crowd control
  • Crime control
  • Search and rescue
  • Large animal rescue
  • Community policing

Learn more about the Minneapolis Mounted Police Foundation

Canine Unit

Our canine unit serves Minneapolis and the surrounding community. We have specially-trained canines and handlers to make police work safer and more efficient.

Our canine teams are:

  • Trained in patrol
  • Narcotic detector-certified
  • Explosive detector-certified
  • Qualified tracking bloodhounds that are:
    • ATF-certified single-purpose explosive detector canines, or
    • Certified single-purpose narcotic detector canines

Learn more through the Minneapolis Police K9 Foundation

Contact us

Minneapolis Police Department

Address

City Hall
350 Fifth St. S., Room 130
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Office hours

8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday

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