TO PROTECT WITH COURAGE

TO SERVE WITH COMPASSION

Homeland Security Unit

The Minneapolis Police Department Homeland Security Unit is a part of the Special Operations Division. The Homeland Security function is partnered with the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), the Bomb/Arson Unit, Special Events and Reserves, Dignitary Protection, and Traffic Control Units in order to better coordinate emergency responses to critical situations by the Minneapolis Police Department.

The Homeland Security Unit is responsible for conducting threat assessments on events occurring in the city and vulnerability assessments at locations deemed to be part of the city’s critical infrastructure. The unit is also responsible for planning emergency responses to critical situations, training staff in how to respond to these events, procuring equipment necessary to respond, and acting as the Minneapolis Police Department’s liaison with other emergency responders and partners in the region.

As a citizen, you are also an important member of the Minneapolis Homeland Security team. The most important thing that you can do to keep Minneapolis safe is to be alert to suspicious persons and situations, be willing to call 911 to report your observations and suspicions, and keep yourself well informed and prepared.

IN AN EMERGENCY, ALWAYS CALL 911

Below are some links to websites that provide important information and that can assist you in making you and your family prepared.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

This site provides information on the current National Homeland Security Threat Levels and a broad range of information regarding security and terrorism.

www.dhs.gov/dhspublic/index.jsp

Minnesota Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

This Minnesota Department of Public Safety website provides information on homeland security and emergency management topics specific to the State of Minnesota and ways citizens can be better informed and prepared for a variety of emergency situations.

www.homelandsecurity.state.mn.us

Ready.gov

This Federal website provides citizens with information that will help you prepare for emergencies, such as tips on assembling a supply kit and developing a family communications plan for both natural or man-made emergencies as well as terrorist threats.

www.ready.gov

Last updated Sep. 27, 2011