Special Operations Unit
The Minneapolis Police Department's Special Operations Unit is comprised of the following functions:
The Minneapolis Police Department’s Bomb Squad provides 24-hour-a-day response and readiness for calls, incidents and potential threats involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive devices. Several full time officers, and part-time members are assigned to the squad. The team conducts sweeps prior to major sporting events. Sometimes the team assists other metro area law enforcement agencies.
The goal of the Canine Unit is to make police work safer and more efficient for the men and women who patrol the streets through the use of specially trained canines and handlers
The MPD has sworn officers with extensive training in crisis negotiating. They often respond to scenes after an individual has created a public safety risk to those in the immediate area. The crisis negotiators have safely resolved many potentially dangerous situations.
The Minneapolis Police Department’s SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team assists the Patrol Bureau by providing professional tactical capabilities in response to unusual circumstances and dangerous situations. Four full-time officers run the unit, which includes 10 crisis team negotiators, sergeant team leaders and several dozen tactical officers. All members perform 20 hours of training each month. They also serve high risk search warrants.
Officers are trained and assigned to drive the MPD’s mobile command unit vehicle when necessary. The truck, which contains advanced mobile technology, is brought to critical incidents and complex scenes.
Strategic Information Center (SIC)
Officers work in the department’s Strategic Information Center. The SIC coordinates MPD's internal sharing of information about significant crimes and investigations. The information is crucial to conducting criminal investigations, connecting scenes and suspects, and apprehending violent offenders.
Office of Public Information
Members of the Department’s Office of Public Information provide information to residents, business owners, members of the media and the general public. The team manages the MPD’s social media accounts. It also coordinates data practice requests made by journalists.
Last updated Jun 11, 2018