St. Louis Park has 56 sworn police officers with college or 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 provide emergency medical treatment to stabilize a patient until a life-support unit arrives.
The department also has 6 community service officers and 18 additional staff members including dispatchers, support staff, administrators and a community liaison.
This division carries out policies and procedures as directed by the city manager and City Council. It also performs all administrative duties, including budgeting, contract administration, training, recruiting, internal investigations and computer applications.
The department’s community outreach efforts include a number of special programs and strategies to strengthen community support and reduce the likelihood of crime. It has one sworn police officer assigned to community outreach and one community liaison. The community outreach officer coordinates citywide programs such as Neighborhood Watch, National Night Out and the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program. The community liaison's role is to support and strengthen the city's 35 neighborhoods.
When a resident calls 911, the call is connected to the Police Department’s public safety answering point (PSAP). The PSAP is a communications center that provides 911 and non-emergency dispatching services for police, fire and emergency medical services. Dispatchers are on duty every day of the year, 24 hours per day.
The role of the Support Services Division is to provide criminal investigative services for patrol and background checks for various city licensing requirements. The division handles a variety of special assignments, including investigations, drug task force and school liaison officers.
St. Louis Park is divided into five patrol districts. The patrol officers work a combination of 10 and 12 hour shifts, usually patrolling one district during a shift. The department has adopted the community-oriented policing philosophy, and all sworn officers have received substantive training in problem solving and other aspects of community policing. The Patrol Division also has a few community service officers, sometimes called CSOs or cadets. These are temporary, non-benefit-earning employees who are pursuing a career in law enforcement. They provide support services to the department.
The Records Division collects, processes, distributes and maintains all St. Louis Park Police 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 the Minnesota State Patrol.