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Off Duty Police and Public Safety Requirements

City of Minneapolis Permit Process

 
The City of Minneapolis requires Event Organizers or Venue Operators to hire Off-Duty MPD Officers under the following circumstances:
A.     Special Events:
1.      The event is selling intoxicating beverages for consumption and/or
2.      The event is held in public spaces: sidewalks, streets, parks or public buildings
3.      Event Organizers may also choose to hire Off-Duty Officers to work in their official capacity on private property.
Required Officer to Attendee Ratio: (Based on estimates at time of permit/event application):
1.      1:500 ratio when intoxicating beverages are served
2.      1:1000 ratio when intoxicating beverages are not served
3.      Additional Officers may be required based on the time of day, critical mass period, threat assessment, talent performing, type of entertainment, proximity to traffic and the impact on local traffic
B.      Parades/Races:
1.      Authorized Traffic Control Agents (TCA’s) or Police personnel must be provided at all intersections that require traffic control as determined by the MPD Special Events Coordinator.
2.      The Event Organizer or a designee are required to pay the cost for Off-Duty Officers or TCA’s. The number of Officers or TCA’s required for traffic control shall be determined by the MPD Special Events Coordinator.  Email Sgt. Beth Mota or call her at 612-673-3942 with questions.

Sign/Barricade Requirements:
Often, events and parade permits require signs and barricades for safety and to re-direct pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Please note the following requirements:

1.       The Event Organizer shall be responsible for hiring a sign/barricade company to provide barricades, signs and delineation equipment as part of the approved public safety plan. 
2.      All costs accrued for the sign/barricade company shall be paid by the Event Organizer or a designee.3.      The MPD Special Events Coordinator and Public Works Traffic and Parking Services must approve the barricade/signage plan prior to signing off on the event permit.

There are several local barricade/signage companies who frequently perform this type of work in the City of Minneapolis. This includes the following:

Warning Lights- https://www.warninglitesmn.com/

Safety Signs- https://www.safetysigns-mn.com/

How do I hire off duty MPD police for my event?
Minneapolis Police Officers may work Off-Duty, in an official capacity, as independent contractors for Special Events with compensation from the Event Coordinator or designee.

Officers may use marked squads when available. Officers work in full MPD uniform. Officers working Off-Duty may respond to police calls the same as when On-Duty.

Note: The Event Organizer or a designee will be responsible for all costs associated with hiring Off-Duty Police.

The MPD Special Events Coordinator can assist with the Off-Duty request for Officers.  Send an email to Sgt. Beth Mota or call her at 612-673-342. 

Typically, a Lead Officer for each event can be found with the assistance from the Special Events Coordinator or you can feel free to reach out to any MPD Officer that you may know or have worked with in the past. The Lead Officer will determine the hourly rate of pay and the number of hours for the Officers. Generally, there is a 4-hour minimum for each Officer.

Off Duty Hiring Guidelines:

See the Minneapolis Police Department's policies regarding hiring of off duty police along with rules and regulations associated with off duty employment from the MPD Policy and Procedures Manuul, Section 3-800:  Off Duty Employment

Questions: 

For more information, send an email to Sgt. Beth Mota or call her at 612-673-3942.

For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats, call or email 311.  People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use the relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000.  TTY users an call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.

Para asistencia 612-673-2700.  Yog xav tau kev pab hu 612-673-2800.  Hadii aad Caavinaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500. 

 

Last updated Nov 19, 2019

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