MINNEAPOLIS POLICE DEPARTMENT
POLICY AND PROCEDURE MANUAL
The City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Police Department prohibits discrimination and harassment of citizens and employees on the basis of race, color, creed, age, religion, ancestry, national origin, affectional preference, disability, marital status, familial status, status with regard to public assistance, or Vietnam era veteran status.
The City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Police Department recognize the authority of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Minneapolis Police Officers are not separate from the citizens of Minneapolis. We draw our authority from the will and consent of the people. The police are the instrument of the people to achieve and maintain order. Our efforts are founded on the principles of public service and ultimate responsibility to the public.
The specific goals and priorities which we establish within the limits of our legislatively granted authority are determined to a large extent by community desires. These desires are transmitted to us through the community and the governing body of the City of Minneapolis. We conscientiously strive to be responsive to these desires, knowing full well that we exist not to serve ourselves but to serve and protect others.
Police officers are accountable to the people for their decisions and the subsequent consequences. A substantial percentage of police work is done in direct response to citizen complaints. This underscores the frequently unrecognized fact that members of the public are an integral part of the criminal justice system. Though many factors play a role in the success of the system, citizen participation is preeminent. Public confidence in the criminal justice system depends primarily on the trust that the people have in their police.
The fundamental purpose and role of the police in a free society is the protection of constitutional guarantees, maintenance of public order, crime prevention and suppression, and dutiful response to the needs of the community.
The role of the Minneapolis Police Department, as stated above, is the guiding principle for the development of the Department Vision Statement and accompanying critical issues; the Policy and Procedural Manual; the goals, objectives, and policies of all organizational components; and the priorities of the Minneapolis Police Department.
Last updated Nov 8, 2016