Understanding MPD Speak

Glossary of Terms – Police Precincts

Explanations of MPD commonly used words:

Day Watch
“Day Watch” shifts run between the hours of 6 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. within the city, depending on the precinct. A lieutenant oversees the shift. Individual sergeants are tasked with organizing daily activities and assignments. Officers perform a variety of functions, including responding to 9-1-1 calls, attending community meetings and focusing on geographic areas to which they are assigned.

Middle Watch
“Middle Watch” officers respond to 9-1-1 calls between approximately 3:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m.  Several sergeants handle daily supervisory roles while a lieutenant oversees general shift operations. Middle Watch officers focus on community engagement events and outreach, business checks and proactive and strategic patrol. The Downtown District, or First Precinct, also runs an additional “Power Shift” between the hours of 6 p.m. and 4 a.m.

Dog Watch
Between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m., officers assigned to the Dog Watch shift patrol the city, responding to 9-1-1 calls. They also do work aimed at reducing and preventing burglaries. They also work to keep people safe when entertainment establishments close during the early morning hours. Like Day and Middle Watch, overall operations are under the command of a lieutenant while sergeants oversee nightly operations on a more detailed level.

Precinct Inspectors have the discretion to create beat teams to respond to community needs. Sometimes they focus on geographical areas like the Lake Street or Uptown. Beats can also be staggered to increase staffing in busier times. The First Precinct has a beat team that focuses solely on juvenile outreach. The Minneapolis Police Department has put an emphasis on “foot beats” in an effort to increase public connections and trust.

Investigations: Each of the city’s five precincts house investigative units that zero in on crime patterns and issues focused on geographical areas. A large amount of the workload is centered on property crimes, which includes burglaries, thefts, and damage to property. Officers also handle missing persons and trespassing cases. These teams are led by Lieutenants and Sergeants.

Community Response Team: Community Response Teams, found in every precinct, focus on crime patterns by directing and dedicating resources to emerging problems. Officers, led by a Sergeant, focus on violent crimes, narcotics, prostitution, problem properties or a number of other issues that create problems and concerns in Minneapolis’ communities. Teams conduct proactive enforcement and execute search warrants when necessary.

Crime Prevention Specialists: Crime Prevention Specialists work diligently to create, maintain, and build upon cohesive relationships between the MPD and the communities it serves. CPSs help residents organize block clubs, door-knock in areas to provide vital information about crime prevention, and distribute crime alerts when appropriate. They host community events, workshops, and help business owners with security plans.  



Last updated Jun 11, 2018



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