2-400 Department Programs


Assignment policies are used to attain the following objectives:

2-401.01 ASSIGNMENT POLICY (01/18/02)

The Chief of Police reserves the right to modify assignments to better allocate employee resources of the MPD as allowed per the employees’ collective bargaining agreements. Seniority will be considered when conflicts arise, but will not be the controlling factor. Assignments shall not be made punitively, but to help the department and/or the employee.

2-402 POLICE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (01/18/02) (11/01/11)

The Police Assistance Program (PAP) offers 24 hours per day, seven days per week emergency counseling and in-office personal and group counseling for MPD employees and their family members or significant others. MPD employees trained to serve as peer counselors are available to other employees for crisis counseling. Employees may be referred to PAP by a supervisor, a peer counselor, or through self-referral. Employees needing program services should contact the Police Assistance Program staff at the phone number listed in the department directory.

2-403 POLICE ACTIVITIES LEAGUE (P.A.L.) (04/14/05) (11/01/11)


The Minneapolis Police Activities League (P.A.L.) is a program sponsored by the MPD in which sworn and civilian employees of the MPD participate in sports and recreational activities directly benefiting the city's youth.

Participation in P.A.L activities is open to all personnel on a voluntary basis. Employees shall comply with all policies and procedures of the MPD while participating in P.A.L. activities. All P.A.L. volunteers shall read, sign, and agree to abide by the P.A.L. volunteer guidelines. P.A.L. volunteers are expected to act in a professional manner. (07/01/05)

Participation during regular work hours:

At their discretion, supervisors may release employees during normal work hours or allow employees flexible work hours to participate in P.A.L. Any combination of P.A.L. hours and work hours is considered a full workday as long as it meets the employee's shift requirement.

Employees who participate in a P.A.L. event consisting of 8 hours or more may submit a Special Duty request form, which must be completed and approved prior to the event. (07/01/05)

P.A.L. Participation while off duty:

Employees may volunteer for P.A.L. activities outside of their normal work hours. (07/01/05)

2-404 INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (07/16/02) (04/14/05) (12/30/10) (11/01/11)


The purpose of this policy is to outline procedures for participation in the Minneapolis Police Department Internship Program.

The Internship Program will allow selected students from recognized colleges and universities who are interested in the field of Law Enforcement and/or Criminal Justice to experience and observe the day-to-day operations and functions of the Minneapolis Police Department.


  1. Eligibility
    1. Internship candidates must currently be enrolled in a recognized college or university.
    2. Internships with the Minneapolis Police Department will not exceed one year.
  2. Application/Interview Process
    1. MPD Human Resources manages the MPD Internship Program. MPD Human Resources will instruct internship candidates to submit a cover letter and resume which outlines their college program and interest in participating in the Internship Program.
    2. MPD Human Resources will contact the appropriate MPD unit/division commander if a candidate indicates a desire for internship with a specified unit/division.
    3. Interested commanders will contact candidates directly for further information and/or for interview purposes.
    4. Commanders interested in utilizing the Internship Program should contact MPD Human Resources to review prospective candidates.
  3. Background Investigation Requirements
    1. Internship candidates are required to successfully pass a background investigation completed by the MPD Background Investigations Unit prior to the start of the internship.
      1. The Background Investigations Unit shall obtain a copy of the cover letter and resume from the unit/division commander who requested the intern. The cover letter and resume will remain in the candidate’s background file.
      2. Background investigations may take up to two months.
      3. Upon the successful completion of the background investigation, MPD identification cards will be issued to the intern. The intern shall turn in his/her MPD identification card to his/her respective commander on the last day of internship.
  4. The commander of the hiring unit/division will notify MPD Human Resources about the selected intern.
    1. After hiring requirements are met the commander shall be responsible for the scheduling, supervision, and evaluation of the intern.
    2. The intern may be released at any time at the discretion of the hiring commander.
    3. The intern shall have a narrative evaluation completed by his/her designated supervisor prior to the conclusion of the internship. The evaluation must include a description of the projects completed by the intern.
    4. A copy of the evaluation shall be forwarded to MPD Human Resources.


Last updated May 14, 2013



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