1-300 General Administration


"The Mayor shall be vested with all the powers of said city connected with and incident to the establishment, maintenance, appointment, removal, discipline, control, and supervision of its police force, subject to the limitations herein contained and the provisions of the Civil Service chapter of this Charter, and may make all needful rules and regulations for the efficiency and discipline, and promulgate and enforce general and special orders for the government of the same, and have the care and custody of all public property connected with the Police Department of the city. The Executive Committee shall, by and with the consent of a majority of all of the members of the City Council, appoint for a term of three years commencing January 2, 1980, some suitable person as Chief of Police, subject to removal upon the recommendation of the Executive Committee by a vote of a majority of all the members of the City Council. Such a position shall be in the unclassified service." City Charter reference-Chapter 6, Section 1.


"The Chief of Police, under the direction of the Mayor, shall divide the subordinate police into proper watches, assign them their places of duty, ascertain by personal daily inspection whether the police are faithfully discharging their duties, and report to the Mayor any negligence or refusal to discharge the same, and also shall perform the other ordinary duties of a police officer. The Chief of Police shall have precedence over the police officers whenever engaged in the same service, and they shall at all times when on duty be subject to the Chief’s command and control." Minneapolis Code of Ordinances-Title 9, Chapter 171.20. (09/18/08)

The Chief of Police has the authority and responsibility for the management, direction and control of the administration of the Minneapolis Police Department. The Assistant Chief will assume command in the Chief’s absence. If the Chief and Assistant Chief are temporarily absent, a Deputy Chief will be designated to command. If the Chief and Assistant Chief are incapacitated, the most senior Deputy Chief, based on length of service in that rank, shall assume command. In the event the Chief, Assistant Chief and the Deputy Chiefs, are incapacitated or unavailable, the most senior sworn police Inspector, based on length of service in that rank, shall assume command of the Department. (09/19/08)  



The budget process is required by City Charter and is an essential planning tool. The Administration has the ultimate responsibility for the development and implementation of the budget, which must be approved by the City Council. No expenditure shall be made in the name of the MPD unless authorized by the Chief of Police, Assistant Chief, MPD’s Director of Financial Operations, or their designee. (09/19/08)

The department budget represents an evaluation of the MPD's needs and is based on goals and objectives, with performance indicators from each organizational precinct, unit and division. It is a continuous process that demands that Commanders and Managers communicate their needs for the upcoming fiscal year. Each year, Commanders and Managers shall encourage each department employee to contribute ideas and improvements for developing and accomplishing stated division, precinct, and unit goals and objectives.

Commanders and Managers may be asked to assist in preparing the annual department budget as directed by the Administration. Budget instructions and the necessary forms will be issued to all affected personnel by Administration. (09/19/08)



All grant applications and requests made for funding from public agencies or private organizations must adhere to City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Police Department and granting agency guidelines and procedures. Any funds awarded which have not followed the appropriate guidelines and procedures will not be accepted. The MPD has established a Grant Review Committee and grant administration process to facilitate grant requests made on behalf of the MPD.

Grant applications may be prepared by the Division or Unit proposing a program funding request. All grant applications must include a designated Project Manager who will be responsible for:

In considering grant program approval, the Grant Review Committee will consider the value of the proposed program or project, the impact on other departmental operations, and financial or personnel obligations related to the program. The Committee will expect inclusion of administrative costs where allowed by the grantor.

All grant applications submitted and awards received will be approved by the Chief of Police, or his/her designee and the Grant Review Committee. Some grant applications may also need to be approved by the City Council. The acceptance of all grant funds must be approved by the City Council. The Grant Review Committee will inform the grant applicant of required follow-up components and reporting procedures.

Oversight of the compliance and administration of all grants within the MPD is provided by the Grant Coordinator.



Each Precinct, Unit, Division, or MPD committee shall keep a complete file on the grant or funding they are applying for or are in the process of using. Each Precinct, Unit, Division or department committee is responsible for compiling the required financial and statistical data, and submitting their reports in a timely manner to the funding agency.

Copies of all correspondence, including the completed grant/funding application, letters of acceptance, funding requirements, quarterly reports, etc., shall be maintained by the Precinct, Unit, Division or MPD committee according to the City's record retention guidelines. Grant or funding guidelines must also be adhered to for file retention(s).

1-305 CONTRIBUTIONS FROM OUTSIDE SOURCES (12/21/01) (09/19/08)


Prior to the acceptance of any contribution (monetary or otherwise) by the Minneapolis Police Department, the MPD Director of Financial Operations must be informed. The potential contribution will be evaluated for possible conflicts of interest. Contributions from outside the MPD that are intended to benefit a Department activity may require authorization from the City Council before acceptance.

Refer to City of Minneapolis Gifts to the City Policy.

If necessary, the Director of Financial Operations will submit a letter to the appropriate City Council committee requesting permission to accept the contribution, approval for the specified use of such funds or other items, and/or an increase to the MPD's current budget appropriation.

At the time such funds are received, they shall immediately be sent to the MPD Finance Manager. The MPD Finance Manager shall then adjust the accounts in accordance with the City Council action. No such funds shall ever be retained by any precinct, unit, division or individual employee. For contributions other than money, the supervisor of the area receiving the contribution shall send a memo describing the item(s) to the MPD Finance Manager. Included in this memo shall be the estimated dollar value of the item(s).

Solicitation of charitable gambling proceeds is prohibited.

1-306 TRADEMARK (12/21/01)


The MPD owns the trademarks for the department badge, shield, uniform patch and the name Minneapolis Police Department.

MPD employees are authorized usage of the department name, badge, shield and uniform patch for official MPD business. Personal usage including, but not limited to, letters, memoranda, electronic communications such as web sites and web pages of the trademarked badge/shield, uniform patch or department name is prohibited. The Police Federation is authorized to use the trademark for merchandise and official business of the Police Federation. The Police Federation is authorized limited usage of the trademark for endorsement of political candidates subject to the provisions of the section "Political/Media Appearances in MPD Uniform." (09/19/08)

The Chief of Police must give approval for use of the badge, shield, uniform patch and department name for all material (printed matter, products or other items) developed for department use. For permission for other uses and outside requests, see section on Trademark - Permission.

1-306.01 TRADEMARK - ADULTERATION (12/21/01)


At no time, shall any party allow any adulteration of the department name, badge, shield or uniform patch. This includes the addition/deletion of words and symbols.

Any suggested changes in the normal design (wording or symbols) of the department name, badge, shield or uniform patch shall be assessed by the Deputy Chief of Professional Standards. (09/19/08)

1-306.02 TRADEMARK - PERMISSION (12/21/01)


Any use, without the direct written permission from Police Administration, of the trademarked department name, badge, shield or uniform patch by MPD employees or outside agencies, for product advertising or law enforcement shows that states or implies that the MPD is an endorser is prohibited. This limitation includes the official wearing of the MPD uniform, badge and/or patch and use of the department name.

Upon written approval by the Deputy Chief of Professional Standards, the MPD may grant permission to qualified businesses and individuals that would allow them the limited use of the trademarked department name, badge, shield and uniform patch for commercial purposes. (09/19/08)

To apply for permission, the requester shall forward a written request stating the exact use of the MPD's name or symbol, and if applicable, a prototype of the product to the Deputy Chief of Professional Standards. (09/19/08)

After the Deputy Chief’s review, he/she will respond to the requester, notifying them of permission or denial of permission and the reasons for the department's decision. Specific use of the trademarked items shall be included in this response. A file will be maintained in Police Administration for all MPD trademark correspondence. (09/19/08)

At no time will permission be granted for an employee's personal endorsement of any kind which the department name, badge, shield or uniform patch will be used.



At no time, shall any sworn employee appear in the MPD uniform in any media advertisement for political candidates, with the exception of the current elected Police Federation officials or their designee. Any advertisements shall identify the Police Federation official or their designee who appears in the advertisement, and shall state that it is not an endorsement by the MPD. The Chief shall be notified in advance of any Police Federation official or their designee appearing in any political advertisements. (09/19/08)



Some vending/gaming machines placed on police premises must be licensed by the City of Minneapolis, Department of Licenses and Consumer Services, and must bear an emblem or tag securely fastened to the front surface of the machine in a conspicuous place, bearing the expiration date of the license and the registration number assigned to such licensee. Permission must be obtained from the appropriate Precinct or Division Commander (no designees) to place a vending/gaming machine on police premises before a license can be applied for or before a machine can be placed on police premises. The Precinct or Division Commander shall approve the location where the vending machine is to be placed; this may be a public access or non-public location. (09/19/08)

Vending machines that require licenses are those that dispense any type of liquid into a container or dispense food items such as chips, candy bars, etc. Machines not requiring a license are those that dispense liquids already sealed in bottles or cans and gaming machines (unless there are three or more machines). If there any questions regarding licensing, contact the Department of License and Consumer Services.

Employees are prohibited from placing an employee-owned vending/gaming machine on police premises for personal profit. If permission and the proper license are obtained, an employee may place a vending/gaming machine on police premises if the profits from sales are placed into a charitable fund bank account, i.e., Fourth Precinct Employees’ Flower Fund. At least two authorized signatories must be named on the bank account for deposits and withdrawals. The Precinct/Division Commander shall be informed as to whom the authorized signatories are at all times. Generally accepted accounting practices shall be adhered to and quarterly reports submitted to the Precinct/Unit/Division Commander. (09/19/08)

Any damage to police premises caused by a vending/gaming machine is the owner’s responsibility.

Violations of this policy may be cause for disciplinary action and/or the removal of an employee-owned vending/gaming machine.

Last updated Feb 25, 2019



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