Understanding Police Ranks
Ranks and responsibilities
Police Inspectors are in charge of precincts.
There are 5 precincts. Precincts handle patrol, investigations and community response functions in designated geographic areas. Inspectors work with police and community resources to develop public safety plans.
Police Commanders lead the specialized divisions of the Minneapolis Police Department. The specialized divisions include:
- Special Operations
- Juvenile Investigations and Outreach
- Procedural Justice
- Internal Affairs
- Administrative Services
- Leadership and Organizational Development
- Technology and Support Services.
- Lieutenants oversee special initiatives, investigative units, and police precinct patrol shifts.
- They play a major role at active crime scenes and community meetings.
- Every night, a Lieutenant serves as a “Watch Commander”. Watch commanders help direct response to significant incidents.
- Most sergeants are police supervisors.
- We give direction, review performance, and set schedules for police officers..
- We review and approve reports in the MPD’s Records Management System.
- Some sergeants serve the department and community in specialized support roles.
- Writing reports,
- Responding to calls for service
- Investigating complaints.
Police Recruit/Police Cadet
Are students at the Minneapolis Police Department Academy. After the Academy , we enter the Field Training Officer Program. We become police officers when we successfully finish Field Training.
Community Service Officer
We help the MPD with many non-police enforcement tasks. We work about 20 hours per week and are students in an approved, two-year law enforcement program.
Last updated Apr 17, 2019