1-500 Department Organization and Functions


The Department is organized by function into bureaus. Each bureau is divided into divisions, precincts, units, sections and/or programs. A division or precinct may contain several units or functions. Each organizational component of the Department shall be under the direct command of only one supervisor. The MPD Organization Chart shall be updated as determined by the Chief of Police.


Amendments to the Department’s organizational structure (i.e., creating a new unit or division, eliminating or combining a unit or division) must be approved by the Chief of Police through a Special Order. The organizational change shall be reviewed as follows:

1-502 ADMINISTRATION (01/07/96) (03/25/08)

The Police Administration is comprised of the following positions: Chief of Police, Assistant Chief of Police, Deputy Chief of Patrol, Deputy Chief of Investigations and Deputy Chief of Professional Standards.

The Director of Financial Operations and Public Information Officers report to the Assistant Chief of Police.

All Minneapolis Police Department operations are located within three Bureaus.


The City of Minneapolis supports its various departments and divisions through the cross-over assignment of support staff to assist individual departments. In the MPD, support departments include the following:


The Patrol Bureau provides effective and efficient response to calls for service and enforces laws with specific emphasis on community policing, street crime and traffic safety. The Patrol Bureau is comprised of five Police Precincts, the Special Operations Division and CCP/SAFE Central.

1-503.01 PRECINCTS (03/25/08)

The five precincts provide police services for the people who live, work and visit the City of Minneapolis. Each precinct consists of the following functions:

PATROL SECTOR: Patrol Sector functions include primary response to emergency and non-emergency calls for service, directed patrols, apprehending offenders, preventing and deterring crime, initially investigating and gathering evidence at crime scenes, and maintaining order within the community.

The Patrol Sector may utilize a variety of options to enhance the effectiveness of motor patrol and 911 responses including directed patrol, canine, walking, bicycle, and motorized beats; coordinating business and community needs with other areas of the Department and participating in community meetings and directed assignments.

CRIME PREVENTION SPECIALISTS (CPS): Crime Prevention Specialists report to Precinct Sector Lieutenants. They work on developing relationships with the community and assist residents in reducing the opportunity for crime and in solving problems in the community. They provide educational materials and programs. (09/19/08)

COMMUNITY RESPONSE UNIT: The functions of the Community Response Units are designated by each precinct Inspector.

COMMUNITY RESPONSE TEAM: The Community Response Team is a mobile flexible force that is available for assignment in uniform or plain clothes on a priority basis. Assignments may include, but are not limited to: drug suppression, vice control, surveillance, crowd control, high crime or crime specific patrol. They serve as a primary responder to events and demonstrations that have the potential for civil disorder. (Note: Precincts may coordinate with other teams as situations dictate.)

PRECINCT INVESTIGATIONS UNITS: Precinct Investigations Unit functions include gathering evidence, identifying and apprehending offenders and preparing cases for prosecution on all burglary, theft and damage to property cases and auto-related crimes. They are responsible for following up on adult missing persons reports. (09/19/08)


License Investigations Unit: The License Investigations Unit reports to the First Precinct Inspector. The unit, in cooperation with other City departments and State agencies, investigates applicants for various business licenses and permits issued by the City of Minneapolis, such as those governing the sale of alcoholic beverages, pawn shops and second-hand stores, charitable gaming activities, and permits to purchase handguns. The unit also helps monitor and regulate the operation of businesses holding these licenses and permits. (Note: Permits to carry a handgun are issued through Hennepin County.)

The License Investigations Unit also maintains a cost accounting system for Federal and State grants and non-grant projects and a tracking system for Federal, State, DWI & MPD forfeitures.


The Special Operations Division (SOD) supports strategic, tactical and unique operational needs to coordinate emergency response demands of the police department. SOD is comprised of the following areas:

Metro Gang Strike Force: The Metro Gang Strike Force (MGSF) is a joint powers entity comprised of multiple counties and cities, reporting to the Minnesota Gang Strike Force. The MGSF coordinates efforts to prevent gang activity and investigate, apprehend, and prosecute those engaged in gang-related crimes.

Homeland Security Unit: The Homeland Security Unit focuses on the identification of potential risks to both local and public safety. The Homeland Security Unit partners with local, state and federal agencies to facilitate emergency preparedness, effective public safety emergency response and risk mitigation measures.

The Homeland Security Unit is comprised of the following functions: Special Events, Police Reserves, Traffic Control Unit and Intelligence Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC).

Special Events function: The Special Events function coordinates Police and Police Reserve details for large scale activities throughout the city. Special Events coordinates efforts with all City departments, other jurisdictions, private businesses and local, state and national officials. The Special Events function is responsible for coordinating Dignitary Protection requirements.

Police Reserve: The Minneapolis Police Reserve is a non-sworn, unarmed volunteer organization. It serves as a separate function, supporting the Department by providing traffic control, disaster and large public event assistance, observational patrols and other non-enforcement assignments. The Police Reserve has its own internal command structure, procedure manual and uniforms.

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, the Minneapolis Convention Center and the Target Center. Traffic Control Agents also monitor all parking meters in the city as well as provide enforcement support during street cleaning and snow emergencies.

Traffic Control Agents also coordinate the following services:

ISAC (Intelligence Sharing and Information Center): ISAC provides analysis of crime statistics and serves as the focal point for intelligence information gathering, assessment and disbursement. They coordinate CODEFOR (Computer Optimized Deployment Focused on Results) information. The information gathered assists investigative, administrative and patrol functions of the Department.

Emergency Services Unit (ESU): The Emergency Services Unit provides immediate response to potentially hazardous or volatile situations. They provide additional police presence as required. The Emergency Services Unit is comprised of the following functions: Bomb/Arson, Patrol, Canine and SWAT.

Bomb/Arson Function: 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 ordnance, illegal fireworks and explosive chemicals as well as responds to suspected hazards. The Bomb/Arson function also serves as initial investigative consultants for environmental crimes.

ESU Patrol Function: The ESU Patrol Function develops specialized details and provides additional police presence as needed for a specific area, suspect or as requested by the precincts. Officers may be assigned to work in uniform or plainclothes.

Canine Function: The Canine (K9) Unit partners an officer with a trained canine (dog). The Canine Function supports law enforcement actions of the MPD by assisting with suspect and missing person tracking; building, area and vehicle searches; as well as drug and explosive detection.

Special Weapons and Tactics: The Special Weapons and Tactics Function provides tactical and operational response for situations involving barricaded suspects, snipers, hostages or potentially volatile situations. SWAT serves high-risk arrest search warrants. SWAT is available as a resource to assist with or assume control of large civil disturbances and other events at the direction of the Chief of Police or his/her designee. SWAT trains and equips Rifle, Chemical Munitions, Entry, Technical Support, Logistics, Crisis Negotiations and Medical Support Teams.

Swat Commander: Overall command of SWAT is the responsibility of the department appointed SWAT Commander (normally the ESU Lieutenant). The SWAT Commander has the ongoing authority to organize the unit’s structure and personnel assignments according to current department needs. The Commander also has responsibility for setting SWAT performance standards and for recommending SWAT personnel selection and termination from SWAT.

Swat Coordinator: The SWAT Coordinator reports to the SWAT Commander. The SWAT coordinator is in charge of SWAT equipment, training, schedules, programs and other duties as assigned by the SWAT Commander.

Special Operations Unit (SOU): The Special Operations Unit provides specialized support to patrol functions and the community. The SOU is comprised of the following functions: Traffic Enforcement, Accident Investigation, Police Athletic League (PAL), Public Housing and Facility Operations.

Traffic Enforcement Function: The Traffic Enforcement (Motor Patrol) Function provide traffic enforcement, investigate traffic accidents, respond to citizens' complaints regarding traffic violations in neighborhoods, and conduct saturation traffic details. Traffic Enforcement Motor Patrol also provides assistance for special details such as dignitary visits, parades and other community events.

Accident Investigation Function: The (Traffic) Accident Investigation Unit investigates serious injury and fatal accidents, Hit-and-Run Accidents with Injuries, Pursuits and Squad Accidents. The Accident Investigation Function also investigates Auto Insurance Fraud cases. They map accident scenes and provide assistance to Crime Lab, Homicide and other units with measuring and recording serious crime scenes.

Police Activities League: The Police Activities League (PAL) is an organization created to facilitate and develop positive relationships between Minneapolis youth and Minneapolis Police. PAL offers various sporting, educational, social and community events at which MPD employees may participate on a voluntary basis.

Public Housing: The Public Housing Unit contracts with the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA) to provide enhanced police services for the City's public housing residents. Special emphasis is placed on crime interdiction and creating safe conditions for residents in public housing. 911 emergency response is primarily provided by the precincts.

Facility Operations: Management of the Special Operations Division’s Facility is coordinated by the Commander of the Special Operations Unit.

1-503.04 CCP/SAFE CENTRAL (03/25/08)

Community Crime Prevention/SAFE Central is responsible for coordinating citywide crime prevention programs such as National Night Out, Rental Property Owner Workshops, McGruff House and Operation Identification. CCP/SAFE Central also supports various precinct-based crime prevention/problem solving programs by overseeing the nuisance conduct on premise enforcement process, maintaining crime prevention volunteer databases, creating crime alerts, designing and printing crime prevention materials, updating and maintaining crime prevention Web pages, fulfilling requests for Calls for Service reports and coordinating installation of Watch Force signs. The unit also is responsible for aggregated shoplifting enforcement, offering security expertise to businesses citywide and advising City officials on crime prevention issues.


The Investigations Bureau is comprised of the Crime Lab, Criminal Investigations Division and Support Services Division.

1-504.01 CRIME LAB UNIT (03/25/08)

The Crime Lab Unit oversees crime scene processing and evidence collection and analysis. The unit is comprised of the following functions:

Computer Forensics: The Computer Forensics Section processes and analyzes data on computers, cellular phones, and removable digital media.

Field Operations: The Field Operations Section conducts crime scene processing and examination.

Firearms and Tool Marks: The Firearms and Tool Mark Section conducts firearm and tool mark examinations and comparisons, firearm proximity and function testing, obliterated serial number restoration and gunshot residue testing.

Forensic Garage: The Forensic Garage Section processes vehicles used in crimes and suspected stolen vehicles.

Forensic Video/Audio Analysis: The Forensic Video/Audio Analysis Section performs scientific examination, comparison and/or evaluation of video and audio evidence.

Midwest Automated Fingerprint Identification Network (MAFIN): The MAFIN Section examines and makes identifications on latent prints using access to various fingerprint databases. This section also maintains fingerprint files for all Minneapolis City entities.

Photo Lab: The Photo Lab Section is a full service film and digital photo processing lab.

Public Services: The MPD Crime Lab offers fingerprinting services to the public.

Robbery Camera: The Robbery Camera Section works with local businesses providing robbery/burglary suppression systems and portable alarms. (Note: New systems are no longer available. Businesses with current contracts will be serviced until the expiration of their contract.)


The Criminal Investigations Division’s units investigate suspected criminal activity, arrest suspects, gather and evaluate evidence, take statements from victims, suspects and witnesses; prepare cases for prosecution, presents cases to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office and other authorities for prosecution, and provides expert testimony in criminal cases.

The Criminal Investigations Division is comprised of the following units:

Assault Unit: The Assault Unit investigates cases involving Third Degree Assault (significant bodily harm) or greater.

Family Violence Unit: The Family Violence Unit consists of three sections; Domestic Assault, Child Abuse and Vulnerable Adults.

Forgery/Fraud Unit: The Forgery/Fraud Unit investigates financial crimes consisting of forgery, financial transaction card fraud (unauthorized use of credit, check, debit and EBT/Electronic Benefits Transfer cards or account numbers), theft by swindle (scams, con games and misrepresentation), identity theft, and embezzlement.

Homicide Unit: The Homicide Unit investigates cases involving adult and juvenile suspects for the crime of murder. The unit also investigates non-parental kidnappings, and works with Traffic Accident Investigations on fatal hit-and-run vehicle accidents. They review deaths reported to the police including: suicides and attempted suicides, non-vehicular accidents and drug overdoses. The Homicide Unit investigates MPD employee involved critical incidents.

Juvenile Unit: The Juvenile Unit investigates Robbery, Assault (including domestic assault), and missing person cases in which the offender is under 18 years of age. It provides processing services and short-term detention for arrested juveniles. The unit maintains all runaway and missing juvenile files and serves as the central repository for juvenile criminal history records.

Coordinated through the Juvenile Unit are:

Narcotics Unit: The Narcotics Unit investigates cases involving adult suspects for the illegal selling, buying and possession of dangerous drugs or narcotics for mid and upper level drug distribution enforcement. The unit assigns officers to work with the local Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) Task Force investigating federal narcotics cases in the metropolitan area. The unit also liaisons with other State and Federal agencies for narcotics investigations.

Robbery Unit: The Robbery Unit investigates robbery incidents involving adult suspects. The unit members participate in joint investigations of financial institution robberies with the FBI, Metro Robbery Task Forces and proactive robbery suspect projects.

Sex Crimes Unit: The Sex Crimes Unit investigates cases involving adult and most juvenile suspects for the crimes of sexual assault, non-familial child molestation, indecent exposure, luring and stalking cases other than domestic related. The unit also handles Predatory Offender registrations and coordinates Level III Sex Offender community notification meetings.

Organized Crime Unit: The Organized Crime Unit (OCU) investigates cases involving organized crime, human trafficking and other criminal enterprises. The OCU is comprised of the following functions:

Auto Theft Prevention (ATP): The ATP Function coordinates ‘bait vehicles’ for use in deterring vehicle thefts.

Joint Terrorism Task Force: The MPD assigns officers to serve on the (Federal) Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). The Task Force coordinates information that may involve potential terroristic activity and threats to national security.

Violent Criminal Apprehension Team (VCAT) Function: The primary role of VCAT is to support the Criminal Investigations Division with locating and apprehending violent criminal suspects. VCAT also assists other law enforcement agencies with violent criminal apprehensions.

Violent Offender Task Force (VOTF) Function: The VOTF Function supports investigations by coordinating suspect information with a focus on arresting recidivist or violent criminal suspects.

Weapons Function: The Weapons Function supports investigations in criminal cases involving firearms. They provide analyses and compile statistics on firearms incidents.


The Support Services Division provides criminal history, property and evidence intake and transcription (data) services for the Department. The Division is comprised of the following: Criminal History Unit, Property and Evidence Unit and Transcription Unit.

Criminal History/Records Unit: The Criminal History/Records Unit maintains a central filing system of all Offense, Arrest, and Traffic Accident Reports. The unit receives and responds to subpoenas, court ordered expungements and other legal documents and also maintains files on arrested persons and operates the CJIS/NCIC Computer System.

Property and Evidence Unit: The Property and Evidence Unit handles the inventory, documentation, storage and release/disposal of all recovered property and items held as evidence.

Transcription Unit: The Transcription Unit enters Offense, Arrest and Supplement Reports into the CAPRS system. The Unit also issues numbers to and distributes copies of Arrest Bulletins (pick ups). Transcription is in charge of Department mail distribution.


The Professional Standards Bureau supports the Chief’s Administrative Detail, Patrol Bureau, and Investigations Bureau through management of personnel, training, vehicles/equipment, information and technology.


The Administrative Services Division supports the Department through providing internal administrative processes including the following functions: Business Technology, Court Liaison, Employee Assistance Program, Fleet Management, Health and Wellness, Indian Crime Awareness Research and Evaluation (I-CARE), In-Service training and Pre-Service training, Police Stores and Research and Policy Development. The Division also maintains administrative records for employees assigned to the Minneapolis Police Officers Federation. (09/19/08)

BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY UNIT (BTU) : The Business Technology Unit acts as a liaison between the MPD and Business Information Systems (BIS) and provides the following services:

COURT LIASON: The Court Liaison liaisons with the County Attorney’s office to ensure timely information and subpoenas are tracked and forwarded to Department employees. They coordinate the scheduling of officers for court and the issuance of court related overtime.

EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP): The Employee Assistance Program provides assistance to employees, their families and significant others.

FLEET MANAGEMENT: The Police Equipment Specialist (Fleet Manager) oversees the management and assignment of all vehicles (marked and unmarked) in the MPD fleet. The Specialist serves as the liaison to the Public Works Department on fleet issues.

HEALTH & WELLNESS: The Health and Wellness Function serves as liaison to employees, city doctors, outside medical facilities and other agencies for work-related employee health information. This function also coordinates activities for employees (such as health screenings, etc.).


I-CARE is a grant funded program, focusing on Minnesota and Wisconsin Indian tribal communal intelligence needs. (09/19/08)

POLICE STORES: The Police Stores facilitate the procurement, inventory and disbursement of all (non-vehicular) equipment and supplies for the Department (including police radios and cell phones).

RESEARCH AND POLICY DEVELOPMENT (R&D): The Research and Policy Development function develops and implements new policies and provides on-going maintenance and updates for current policies. R&D performs research and analysis of various functions within the MPD at the direction of the Administration. R&D also writes and monitors MPD grants and contracts as well as oversees the part-time/off-duty approval process.


BACKGROUNDS: The Background function provides background investigation services for all potential sworn and civilian employees for the Police, Fire and MECC Departments.

RECRUITMENT: The recruitment function identifies and recruits candidates to become Minneapolis police officers. They also provide recruitment efforts for civilian employees as directed.

COMMUNITY SERVICE OFFICERS (CSO): CSOs are civilian employees who are in the process of becoming recruit officers. During the CSO tenure, they work in various non-enforcement positions while completing their academic and other law enforcement requirements.

ACADEMY: The MPD Academy provides training for new recruit officers.

FIELD TRAINING: The Field Training function partners a recruit officer with an officer who trains and evaluates them in the field after they have completed the recruit academy.


IN-SERVICE TRAINING: In-Service Training provides ongoing various training courses to sworn personnel. Training includes the annual mandatory in-service. The In-Service Training Supervisor is also responsible for the following programs and training: Use of Force Program, CEDs (Conducted Energy Devices), CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) and other programs as assigned.

RANGE: The Range conducts firearm training and certification for all sworn personnel.

1-505.02 INTERNAL AFFAIRS UNIT (03/25/08)

The Internal Affairs Unit records and investigates complaints from citizens, Department employees or outside agencies concerning the conduct and actions of Minneapolis Police Department employees. The unit liaisons with the Civilian Review Authority.

The Internal Affairs Unit provides investigative support to all critical incidents and may also be assigned investigations into employee misconduct or other areas by the Administration. The Internal Affairs Unit is also responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of internal affairs investigations and records.


The Mediation Compliance Unit coordinates the Federal Mediation Agreement between the MPD and the community. The unit staffs meetings and provides updates to elected officials.


Minneapolis Emergency Communications (MECC) is responsible for receiving all 9-1-1 calls for police, fire and emergency medical assistance. MECC coordinates the deployment of police officers and vehicles, and provides communication assistance to officers in the field. MECC reports to the MECC User Board, consisting of the City Coordinator, Chief of Police, Chief of Fire and a Hennepin County representative.

1-506.01 MINNEAPOLIS 311 OPERATIONS (03/25/08)

The Minneapolis 311 Operations Center fields informational calls for all City departments. They forward case work and citizen requests to various areas of the Department, including the Precincts, Internal Affairs, Police Administration, and ISAC (Intelligence Sharing and Analysis Center). Minneapolis 311 Operations report to the Director of Emergency Communications (MECC).

1-507 MPD COMMUNITY CHAPLAIN PROGRAM (03/25/08) (07/21/16)

The community clergy of the MPD Community Chaplain Program contract with the MPD to provide spiritual care and support services to MPD employees and to the citizens of Minneapolis.

1-508 COMMITTEES AND BOARDS (03/25/08)

The Chief of Police may organize and staff committees and boards to perform special tasks for the Department. The composition of the committee or board depends upon the issues or circumstances to be reviewed.


The Minneapolis Civilian Review Authority (CRA) is an independent function established by the City of Minneapolis to receive, review and inquire into external complaints concerning the conduct of Minneapolis Police Officers.

Last updated Oct 5, 2018



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