Police Department Divisions
St. Louis Park has 52 sworn police officers who are professionals with college and advanced training in all aspects of law enforcement - human relations, first aid, crime prevention, etc. All officers have emergency medical training. If they are first on the scene, they will administer emergency medical treatment to stabilize the patient until a life-support unit arrives.
The chief of police is the highest ranking officer in the department, followed by one deputy chief, three lieutenants and eight sergeants. The lieutenants oversee department operations, including patrol, investigations/support services, community outreach and special assignments. The sergeants provide first line supervision to a group of patrol officers and are also responsible for carrying out the day-to-day operations of the department.
In addition to sworn officers, the police department has 17 civilian personnel including dispatchers, support staff and community service officers.
Administration: The administration division performs all administrative duties and carries out policies and procedures as directed by the City Manager and City Council.
Community Outreach: The police department has one sworn police officer assigned to community outreach and one civilian community liaison. The community outreach officer coordinates citywide programs such as Neighborhood Watch, National Night Out and the crime free mutli-housing program. The community liaison's role is to support and strengthen the city's 35 neighborhoods.
Dispatch: The Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) provides 9-1-1 and non-emergency dispatching services for police, fire and emergency medical services.
Investigations/Support Services: The support services division is comprised of a lieutenant, two sergeants, one agent and 11 police officers in various special assignments including investigations, drug task force, and school liaison/D.A.R.E. The role of this division is to provide criminal investigative services for patrol as well as background checks for various city licensing requirements.
Patrol: The Police Department divides St. Louis Park into five patrol districts. The patrol division consists of one lieutenant, six sergeants, 27 patrol officers who work a combination of 10 and 12 hour shifts patrolling the road. The patrol division also includes one community service officer (CSO) coordinator and two cadets who provide various support services to the department.
Records: The primary role of the records division is to collect, process, disseminate and maintain department records in accordance with Federal and State Data Practices laws and Records Retention requirements. It also provides support for the City Attorney's Office and MN State Patrol.