Address

2117 West River Road N
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Contact

Emergency or Service Requiring Response: 911
Non-Emergency: 612-348-2345
Phone: 612-230-6550
Fax: 612-230-6508
Email: parkpolice@minneapolisparks.org

Phones answered year-round until patrol hours end.

Walk-In Service Hours

Monday-Friday: 8 am-5 pm
Holiday Schedule

Park Police Hours of Operation

7am - 1am

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About

Since 1887, the Minneapolis Park Police Department has been the law enforcement authority of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB). Its primary responsibility is for crime prevention and policing in Minneapolis parks. Today, the department is comprised of the following positions:

  • More than 30 sworn and licensed Park Police Officers
  • More than 20 part-time Park Patrol Agents

Members of the Minneapolis Park Police Department serve under the direction of the Superintendent of Parks, who is appointed by Park Commissioners. Park Police Officers receive similar training, share support services, and work closely with the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD). Although governed by separate elected officials, Park Police and MPD officers work together to prevent crimes, solve problems, and address illegal behavior. MPD officers have authority to patrol in parks. Park Police officers have authority to police throughout the city.

Each year, members of the Park Police Department respond to more than 13,000 calls for service and write more than 2,000 incident reports. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board takes pride in knowing that although 15 percent of the City of Minneapolis consists of parklands, only about two percent of crimes occur within parks. The annual budget of the Park Police Department is approximately $5 million.

Director of Park Safety and Security

The Director of Park Safety and Security (also referred to as the Park Police Chief) is the chief law enforcement officer and commander of the Park Police Department.

Park Police Lieutenants

Park Police Lieutenants are the next ranking supervisors. Currently, two lieutenants supervise patrol operations; one for each shift. Lieutenants are charged with setting patrol objectives, meeting with stakeholders, supervising patrol sergeants, and shaping patrol responses within the park system.

Patrol Sergeants

Five Patrol Sergeants report to the Patrol Lieutenants. They are responsible for supervising daily activities and field operations. The Patrol Sergeants work collaboratively with departments across the organization on issues, projects, and problems.

Investigative Sergeants

Two Investigative Sergeants are charged with following up and investigating certain crimes that occur in parklands. In general, Park Police Investigators will follow-up on property crimes, violent crimes involving juveniles, and cases not otherwise assigned by the Minneapolis Police Department. Investigators from the MPD typically investigate complex cases, like death investigations and sex crimes.

Park Police Officers

Park Police Officers are licensed as peace officers by the State of Minnesota. They are responsible for patrolling parklands, responding to calls for service, enforcing laws and ordinances, working with and supporting MPRB field staff, and all other duties inherent to their mission. Park Police Officers are divided between two shifts (day-watch hours are 8am to 4pm and mid-watch hours are 4pm to midnight). Park Police Officers have policing authority across the City of Minneapolis, as well as in MPRB parklands located outside the city limits.

Park Patrol Agents

Park Patrol Agents are non-sworn, part-time employees who work across Minneapolis parks. Their duties include general patrol of the park system, particularly within the regional system (lakes and parkways) during the summer months - as well as parking enforcement, bike patrol, foot beats, administrative tasks, and staffing the station desk. Park Patrol Agents are authorized to write citations when they observe certain violations. Park Patrol Agents typically work full-time hours in June, July, and August and limited part-time hours the remainder of the year.

Mission

The Minneapolis Park Police Department is committed to ensuring safe parks, recreation centers, and recreation programs across Minneapolis.

As the independent law enforcement agency governed by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB), our first priority is making sure that we support the mission of the MPRB, in part, "to provide places and recreational opportunities for all people to gather, celebrate, contemplate and engage in activities that promote health, well-being, community, and the environment." To that end, we work closely with MPRB field staff, in every division, to ensure that crime and safety concerns are addressed holistically; safety is not merely the obligation of the Park Police - it is everyone's responsibility.

It is our sincere hope that all of your visits to the #1 urban park system in the country are safe. Although we work proactively and strive to prevent crime, if you encounter suspicious or illegal behavior, please call 911 immediately. If you have questions or general safety concerns, please contact us.

Vision

To ensure a park system that is safe for all to play, recreate, contemplate and celebrate.

Mission

The Minneapolis Park Police Department, in support of the mission and goals of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, is devoted to preserving and ensuring safe parks for all visitors and staff through fair and professional policing.

Values

Service

Members of the Minneapolis Park Police Department believe in public service and care about the needs of the community we serve.

Community

Members of the Minneapolis Park Police Department are committed to developing and maintaining positive relationships with all communities, neighborhoods, and partners to proactively improve park safety and solve crime issues.

Support

Members of the Minneapolis Park Police Department are dedicated to supporting the work of Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board staff so that services can safely and successfully be delivered.

Dedication

Members of the Minneapolis Park Police Department are devoted to preserving and enhancing the legacy, resources, and excellence of the Minneapolis park system.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions


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Should I call 911, even if it's not an "emergency"?


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When do the parks close?


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Is it okay to leave valuables in my car, even if I'm gone for just a few minutes?


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Can I drink alcohol in parks?


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What is the speed limit on parkways?


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What is the speed limit for bicycles on designated pathways?


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Do I need to leash my dog even if she/he is under voice command?


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Do I need a permit to take pictures in the parks?


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Where can I find Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board ordinances?


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Who patrols the parks after Park Police hours of operation?


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How do I pay my parking ticket?


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How do I file a complaint against a Park Police employee?


BWC

The Park Police Department seeks to develop a body-worn camera (BWC) policy and contract with a vendor for hardware, data storage, and data management services. All sworn/licensed officers, assigned to patrol duties, are proposed to have body-worn cameras upon project completion.  BWC program goals include: increased Park Police officer accountability, better documentation and evidence, and a reduction in conduct complaints and applications of force. The draft policy can be reviewed online [PDF].

Minneapolis Park Police will be attending the following community meetings to gather public input:

  • May 1 North Commons Park 6:30 pm – Friends of North Commons
  • May 11 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Park 6:30 pm – MLK Legacy Council
  • May 11 East Phillips Park 8 pm – East Phillips Improvement Coalition (EPIC)
  • May 17 Loring Park 6:30 pm – Citizens for a Loring Park Community (CLPC)
  • May 17 Logan Park 8 pm – Logan Park Neighborhood Association (LPNA)
  • May 23 Powderhorn Park 8 pm – Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association (PPNA)

Members of the public may also complete a brief online survey.

The survey will be open through June 20, 2017.

Resources

Considering a Career in Law Enforcement?

The Minneapolis Park Police Department recruits Park Patrol Agents on a temporary basis each year between January and March.

Park Patrol Agent Brochure [PDF]

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