Understanding Police Ranks

What do all those police ranks mean? Who does what?

Inspector: Police Inspectors oversee precincts, which handle patrol, investigations and community response functions in designated geographic areas. Minneapolis is divided into 5 precincts. Inspectors work with police and community resources to develop public safety plans based on analysis and community input.

Police Commanders oversee the divisions of the Minneapolis Police Department. The specialized divisions include Investigations, Special Operations, Recruiting, Juvenile Investigations and Outreach, Procedural Justice, Internal Affairs, Administrative Services, Leadership and Organizational Development, and Technology and Support Services.

Lieutenants oversee special initiatives, investigative units, and police precinct patrol shifts. They oversee sergeants and officers and play a vital role at active crime scenes and community meetings. Every night, a Lieutenant is assigned as a “Watch Commander” to respond to significant incidents throughout the city.

Most sergeants are police supervisors who lead shifts within the precincts or conduct criminal investigations. Sergeants administer direction, evaluate performance, and set schedules for police officers throughout the city. They serve a key role in reviewing and approving reports in the MPD’s Records Management System. Some sergeants serve the department and community in specialized support roles.

Police Officer
The Minneapolis Police Department has approximately 875-900 officers. Many officers work patrol assignments enforcing laws, detecting and preventing crime, and protecting life and property. Duties include, but are not limited to, writing reports, responding to calls for service, investigating complaints, and writing police reports. All MPD officers have a two or four year Law Enforcement or Criminal Justice Degree and have passed state P.O.S.T (MN Peace Officers Standards & Training) licensing exams.

Police Recruit/Police Cadet
Recruits and cadets make up the Minneapolis Police Department’s Academy. Once recruits or cadets graduate from the MPD Academy, they enter the police department’s Field Training Officer Program. Upon graduation, they officially become police officers.

Community Service Officer Community Service Officers perform many non-police enforcement tasks on behalf of the MPD and the communities it serves. CSOs work about 20 hours per week while they’re enrolled as students in an approved, two-year law enforcement program and/or they’re working toward achieving Minnesota Peace Officers Standards & Training licensing requirements

Last updated Jun 11, 2018



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