Violent Crimes Investigations Division
A violent crime is a crime in which force is used or threatened upon a victim. VCID works to find and bring to justice those who commit violent crimes. The units in this division work with members of the community to reduce violent crime in Minneapolis.
Assault unit detectives work cases involving violent attacks that do not result in a victim’s death. The Assault Unit’s goal is to reduce gun violence in Minneapolis.
Violent Crimes Investigations Team (VCIT):
VCIT works to find patterns in shooting cases. It also works to find and prevent retaliatory shootings.
Gang Interdiction Team (GIT)
The Gang Interdiction Team focuses on violence associated with groups in Minneapolis. GIT officers work to develop relationships within the community to prevent retaliatory shootings in the city.
Homicide detectives provide investigative responses to any death within the city limits. The unit’s goal is to reduce homicides by increasing the number of arrests and prosecution of offenders. One veteran Sergeant Investigator works with the FBI on “cold cases.”
The Robbery Unit responds to and conducts investigations of any robberies of businesses or persons. Robbery detectives work together to find and target robbery patterns.
MPD’s Safe Streets Task Force officers work with federal and state law enforcement partners to investigate violent offenders. The goal is to identify the most dangerous criminals actively involved in violent behavior and hold them accountable in a court of law.
Violent Criminal Apprehension Team (VCAT)
VCAT is the team used by investigators who are looking for violent suspects trying to escape arrest. VCAT works to quickly track and safely arrest those responsible for a multitude of crimes including murder, assault, robbery and criminal sexual conduct.
Investigators in this unit focus on the trafficking of illegal firearms, illegal possession of firearms and gun crimes committed by violent criminals and gang members. The unit’s goal is also to reduce gun violence in the city. Many investigations are coordinated with federal law enforcement partners. They can result in the seizure of illegally possessed weapons and illegal narcotics.
Last updated Aug 23, 2018