Understanding MPD Speak

Explanations of MPD commonly used words:

Day Watch

“Day Watch” is usually 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Middle Watch

“Middle Watch” is approximately 3:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. The Downtown District, or First Precinct, also runs an additional “Power Shift” between the hours of 6 p.m. and 4 a.m.

Power Shift

Is an extra shift in the First Precinct Downtown District from 6 PM to 4 AM.

Dog Watch

Dogwatch is 8:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.


Precinct Inspectors use beat teams to respond to community needs. Some beats focus on geographical areas. Some beats are staggered to increase staffing in busier times. The First Precinct uses a beat team for juvenile outreach. "Foot beats" help to increase public connections and trust.


We have 5 precincts. Each precinct has an investigative unit. We focus on crime patterns and issues in specific areas  We investigate property crimes, missing persons and trespassing..

Community Response Team

We focus on crime patterns by directing and dedicating resources to emerging problems. We are in every precinct. We focus on violent crimes, narcotics, prostitution, problem properties and other issues that create problems.. We do proactive enforcement and execute search warrants.

Crime Prevention Specialists

Last updated Apr 17, 2019



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