5-500 Specialty Unit Procedures


This section outlines procedures that may be utilized by MPD Specialty Units. Units include but are not limited to Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT).

5-502 CHEMICAL MUNITIONS (10/16/02)

Chemical munitions shall only be used by trained Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) personnel on the orders of the on-duty Watch Commander or SWAT Commander. (08/16/07)

When chemical munitions are used, the Fire Department and an ambulance will be on standby at a safe distance near the target area. After the scene is secured, SWAT team members shall remove and dispose of any canisters in the area. (8/16/07)


Diversionary/Distraction devices will only be distributed by and used under the authority of the SWAT Commander or designee, who will make a decision about the use of such a device on a case by case basis. Diversionary/distraction devices shall be MPD approved. The SWAT Commander or designee shall distribute and supervise the use of the devices. (08/16/07)

Only personnel trained in the use of these devices shall deploy them. Department approved training shall include the nomenclature, mechanical operation, and tactical deployment of Diversionary/Distraction devices. All members of SWAT shall also be trained by the Minneapolis Fire Department in the use of dry chemical fire extinguishers. Emphasis will be placed upon safety considerations/measures to be utilized when using these tools. (08/16/07)

When the device is used, one member of the entry team shall carry a dry chemical extinguisher for use in the event of a fire.

5-504          MPD COMMUNITY CHAPLAIN PROGRAM (07/21/16)
I.             PURPOSE
A.    The MPD Community Chaplain Program consists of Minneapolis clergy and faith community leaders, representing a variety of cultures and faith traditions. Their mission is to provide spiritual care and support services to members of the Minneapolis Police Department and to the citizens of Minneapolis in their times of need.
B.     The positive relationships established through quality spiritual care relationships, create opportunities for building strong connections between the Minneapolis Police Department and the citizens of Minneapolis. These positive police/community connections are valuable components of: a healthy police department, healthy communities and ultimately a strong and healthy Minneapolis.
II.          POLICY
MPD Chaplains utilize an inter-faith ministry of presence, service and relationships to carry out their critical mission. As representatives of the Minneapolis Police Department and of the faith communities they have been called to lead, MPD Chaplains will carry out their duties to the highest standards of professionalism (See ICPC Canon of Ethics for Law Enforcement Chaplains).
A.    MPD Chaplain Spiritual Care and Support Responsibilities
1.      Chaplains provide proactive spiritual care by being present with police personnel and community members in times of calm and in everyday, routine activities. This presence creates opportunities to build strong personal relationships with individuals within their personal context of community. Examples of these activities include, but are not limited to:
·         Precinct Roll Call
·         Chaplain Precinct Time
·         Officer Ride-Alongs
·         Department Meetings
·         Department Ceremonies
·         Neighborhood Meetings
·         Community Events
·         Community Celebrations
·         Community Outreach Activities
2.      Chaplains provide reactive spiritual care by responding to critical incidents with MPD staff (in a support role) and providing care services to those who are suffering and in need. Examples of these activities include, but are not limited to:
  ·         Death/critical injury scene response
  ·         Death Notifications at the direction of the MPD Chaplain Coordinator (07/22/16)
  ·         Faith Community call response
  ·         Major crime scene response
  ·         Traumatized victim response  
  ·         Personal care/support of MPD staff
  ·         Any situation where a Chaplain’s calm and non-anxious presence would be helpful

B.    MPD Chaplain Program Supervision and Direction
1.      The MPD Community Chaplain Program is overseen by the Assistant Chief, who may assign supervision and direction to an MPD Commander or other designee.
2.      Community Chaplain Program operations will be directed by the MPD Chaplain Coordinator. (07/22/16) 
3.      Individual Chaplain supervision and direction will be assigned to Precinct Inspectors and Inspector designees. 


Last updated Jul 22, 2016



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