Joining the Police Department is more than just a job; it provides opportunities to get involved in the community and proud tradition of the Minneapolis Police Department.
Minneapolis Police Band
The Minneapolis Police Band consists of a concert band, a marching band and a swing band. The bands participate in 30 to 50 engagements a year. Initially, the band was composed of police officers only, but today it is made up of active and retired officers, and civilians.
The marching band has been the official escort band for the Minneapolis Aquatennial Parade since the parade began in 1940. The band has traveled through the U.S. and Canada and has won many awards and trophies.
The 17-piece Minneapolis Police Swing Band has been entertaining audiences for over 20 years with the great sounds of the famous swing era.
Learn more about the Minneapolis Police Band.
The Minneapolis Police Honor Guard is staffed with 25 sworn officers who volunteer to represent the Minneapolis Police Department at funerals of officers who have died in the line of duty, as well as active and retired members of the Department.
The primary purpose of the Honor Guard is to provide funeral honors for fallen comrades. Officers go through a 40 hour training course with the U.S. Marine Corps Honor Guard and continuously train for this special honor.
The Honor Guard has attended hundreds of memorial services and funerals throughout the state and Mid-West, and also participates in the Candlelight Vigil for Fallen Officers in Saint Paul.
Minneapolis Police Activities League (PAL)
The goal of the Police Activities League is to encourage the healthy and safe development of young people through after-school athletic, recreational and educational activities with Minneapolis police officers serving as coaches, role models and mentors.
PAL works in collaboration with the Minneapolis Public School system and the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board to support after-school and summer activities for boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 17 years.
More than 200 Minneapolis Police Officers and dozens more civilian employees and parents volunteer to work with Minneapolis youth.
Learn more about the Police Activities League.
Minneapolis Police Explorers is a program for young adults (age 14-21) who are interested in a career in Law Enforcement. Minneapolis Police Explorers compete against other police explorer posts in categories like emergency first aid, crime scene search, etc. The program offers MPD employees the opportunity to mentor youth and provide them with hands-on training in police work.
Last updated Mar. 30, 2012