Minneapolis Police Department

  • Agency: Minneapolis Police Department
  • Address: 350 S 5th St #130, Minneapolis, 55415-1389 MN
  • Chief: Timothy John Dolan (Chief of Police)

Minneapolis Police Department is located at 350 S 5th St #130, Minneapolis, 55415-1389 MN. The Chief of Police of the department is Timothy John Dolan. The Minneapolis Police Department phone number is 612-673-3000.

Minneapolis Police Department News

Two Found Dead Inside Minneapolis Home November 5, 2017 (MINNEAPOLIS) Officers from the 2nd Precinct responded to a 911 call about a person threatening another person with a gun on the 2000 block of Polk Street Northeast around 3:30 pm. The first officers to arrive at the house were not able to make contact with anyone so a perimeter was set up. Additional officers, including members from the department’s Hostage Negotiation Team were called to the house to assist. While members from the negotiation team were attempting to make contact with the people inside the house, officers heard what they believed to be a gunshot coming from inside the home. Officers were able to make entry into the house and found the two adults, one male and one female deceased. The names of the deceased, as well as the cause and nature of their death will be released from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office. There are no suspects being sought in this case and the investigation will be led by the department’s Homicide Unit. Case Number 17-426189 ###

Police Investigate 2 Deaths in South Minneapolis Apartment November 2, 2017 (MINNEAPOLIS) Officers from the 3rd Precinct responded to the 2700 block of Cedar Avenue South at 3:00 p.m. on an unknown trouble call. When officers arrived, they located an adult female and adult male inside an apartment; both were deceased. The scene was secured by officers and investigators from the department’s Homicide Unit and Crime Lab technicians were requested to the scene. Investigators have determined that the female and male had a prior relationship and at this time police are not looking for any suspects related to this case. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office will release the names of the deceased, as well as the cause and nature of their deaths. Case number 17-422479. ###

21 Cadets Graduate and Join the Minneapolis Police Department Congratulations to the most recent class to come through the MPD Academy! Following a rigorous 32-week training program at the Minneapolis Police Department’s Academy, 21 cadets have now been sworn in as Minneapolis Police Officers. Nine of the cadets either grew up or currently live in Minneapolis and 2 of them have a family member serving in the MPD. During their time in the Academy, 2 cadets were married (not to each other), one got engaged and another celebrated the birth of his child. The new officers have been assigned throughout the city’s five precincts to begin their field training programs. Please help us welcome these proud, new officers!

Medical Examiner Rules Homicide as Manner of Death After June Vehicle Assault November 1, 2017 (MINNEAPOLIS) The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office has determined Stacy Buckanaga’s (age 49) manner of death a homicide. Buckanaga died a month-and-a-half after she was struck by a car on June 6, 2017 on the 3100 block of 23rd Avenue South. Investigators say the vehicle was driven by Jeffrey Anthony Cruz, age 50. Cruz is currently being held at the Hennepin County Jail, charged with Criminal Vehicular Operation and 1st Degree Assault. Investigators will be meeting with the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office in the coming days regarding the case, and there may be additional charges forthcoming. Case number 17-207752. ###

We are happy that our horse, Indigo, and rider were not injured in this assault. The MPD’s Mounted Patrol Unit, based out of our First Precinct, is a big part of our Downtown Safety Management Plan, particularly around bar closings. In fact, the unit worked 68 bar closings Downtown last year. Recently, the MPD has been running four to six mounted patrol teams on our weekend evening/early morning shifts in the entertainment district. The teams are also important ambassadors for the MPD, attending countless community events throughout the year.

**We had so much fun with this video last year, we thought we would share it again! Have a safe and HAPPY HALLOWEEN! ------------- Okay, we purposely made this safety video very cheesy so you would WATCH and SHARE! Please take a look and pass it along to your friends and family.

We have some sad news to pass along about one of our Police Chaplains. Yesterday morning 2nd PCT Police Chaplain Bruce Pinke lost his battle with cancer. Bruce was always a trusted and respected leader in the faith community. In one form or another, Chaplain Pinke has been involved as a Police Chaplain for approximately 8 ½ years. Chaplain Pinke has been a valued team member, and always brought true wisdom and insight when it came to the art of compassion and being a good listener. He was a very patient, compassionate, and empathic person and always strived to help people see the best in every situation and never the worst. Please keep Chaplain Pinke's family in your prayers… Thanks for your service Chaplain Bruce Pinke we will miss you!

The MPD is in the process of producing a more interactive and modern model for how we release crime and arrest data. We have launched a new portal and it can be found at http://insidempd.com/datadashboard/. You can also find it directly from the homepage, by scrolling down to the middle of the page where you’ll find the dashboards for crimes, arrests and police stops. From there, you can zero in on particular police precincts or date ranges. Statement from Chief Medaria Arradondo: “While we apologize for the temporary inconvenience, the MPD firmly believes that the program we’ve developed is a more efficient, user-friendly system. Our strategic analysts and partners with City IT continue to amaze me with their work products, and by providing residents with as much as data as we can, we further our mission of increasing trust, accountability and professional service.”

UPDATE: Second Person Dies Following Fatal Fire Three Weeks Ago October 27, 2017 (MINNEAPOLIS) Homicide Investigators with the Minneapolis Police Department have learned that a second person has died as a result of this incident. The identity of this adult female will be released by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office. The previous hold on booking photo related to the male suspect in this case has been lifted at this point in the ongoing investigation. Man Arrested from Last Night’s Fatal Fire October 7, 2017 (MINNEAPOLIS) Officers assigned to the Homicide and Arson Units have made an arrest in the fatal fire that occurred on the 1500 block of Park Avenue South on 10/06/2017. Marcus Dewayne Shanks, age 30, has been booked into Hennepin County Jail on Probable Cause Murder Charges. His booking photograph is being held. The name of the deceased and the cause of his death will be released by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office. The female resident that was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) is in stable condition. There is no further information to release at this time. The investigation is being handled by the Minneapolis Police Department’s Homicide and Arson Units and the Minneapolis Fire Department Arson Unit. Case number 17-385949. ###

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Minneapolis Police Department wants to help hold abusers accountable and provide support for victims. Please help us create a culture that has zero tolerance for domestic violence. If you see something, say something. If you are a victim, know there are resources that support you. There are several agencies in the community which can provide you with assistance, including temporary shelter, legal assistance, counseling and referral services, advocacy programs, interpreter services, and children services. The Hennepin County Domestic Abuse Service Center (DASC) is an excellent source. The Domestic Abuse Service Center (DASC) is a one-stop center that provides victims of domestic violence with ready access to services. There is also a full time Minneapolis Police sergeant there to assist in investigation and a city/county attorney to assist in prosecution. DASC Website: http://www.hennepinattorney.org/get-help/crime/domestic-abuse-service-center DASC Phone: 612-348-5073 DASC Address: A-Level A0650 Lower Level, Hennepin County Government Center 300 South Sixth Street Minneapolis, MN 55487 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 24-Hour Metro Crisis Line Phone: 612-379-6363 24-Hour Domestic Violence Line for Counseling and Shelter Phone: 1-866-223-1111 Follow this link to help understanding the different forms of Domestic Violence: https://ncadvvoices.org/2016/10/04/quick-guide-what-is-domestic-violence/

Can you ID this Robbery Suspect? MPD Investigators are looking to identify this suspect from a robbery that occurred back on June 24, 2017. The suspected displayed a gun and took cash from a delivery driver on the 300 block of 2nd Street South around 10:50 p.m. This picture was taken from a nearby surveillance camera, but investigators have not been able to learn the name of the suspect. If you know who this man is, please call Sgt. Suchta at 612-673-3706 or you can send in a tip anonymously by calling 612-692-8477. Case number 17-233641

Remember those Little Free Libraries the MPD’s Community Engagement Officers built? Today, we set up shop in front of the Department’s Special Operations Center and Lucy Laney Elementary School. Actually, 4 of the school’s students proved quite handy with the hammer and drill! Still to come; Little Free Libraries at the Northside Achievement Zone, Glendale Housing, Brian Coyle Center, La Alborada and the Lao Center of MN! Also, many thanks to those who have dropped off, or offered to drop off, children’s books to help keep these community libraries stocked. Message us on FB if you have some books that kids might like! Little Free Library

Congrats to our 3rd Precinct Officers who received Community Leadership Awards today from the Hennepin County Attorney's Office. They were recognized for their selfless efforts and immediate, life-saving response following the Minnehaha Academy Explosion. "It was a terrible tragedy, but it could have been so much worse if it weren't for the professionalism and bravery of the members of the Minneapolis Police Department and Minneapolis Fire Department," said presenter Tom Arneson. We are proud of their courage and dedication to the citizens of Minneapolis.

This story kind of puts the “service” in “Call for Service.” Last week, one of our 2nd Precinct Officers responded to a “Check the Welfare” call. He found a mom and her infant in their vehicle near the Northeast Athletic Fields. She was out of gas and she was lost. The responding officer will tell you he didn’t do much, but the mom may disagree. The MPD officer ran to the gas station, grabbed a few bucks out of his wallet and filled up a gas container. He returned to the family vehicle, filled it up, and provided directions. Worth noting? It certainly was in the eyes of the thankful mother. Thanks to the 2nd Precinct Inspector for passing it along!

Congratulations to Officer Neil on his retirement from the MPD. He was recognized today at the 2nd Precinct station with a cake to celebrate his 30-year career. Thank you, Officer Neil for your service to the citizens of Minneapolis, and we hope you enjoy retirement!

40 Guns Taken Off the Streets of Minneapolis Since October 1st Minneapolis police officers recovered 40 guns since October 1st. These guns were either stolen, used in a crime, or in possession of a person who is prohibited from having a gun. The majority of the weapons were recovered during traffic stops and suspicious vehicle stops. Year to date the MPD has recovered 773 guns; this is a more than 50% increase from this time last year. Getting these guns off the street highlights the great proactive work our officers are doing every day to keep our community safe. *While we recognize the fact that some of the gun are airsoft/bb guns, and at not illegal to possess, the way they are used can make their possession illegal.

This great group started the Academy back on March 27th and coming up on November 1st they will be sworn in as new Minneapolis police officers. Thank you soon-to-be officer Martin for capturing this shot.

Yesterday afternoon MPD’s Bicycle Rapid Response Team (BRRT) completed their annual training. The training consists of a 2.5 mile ride test that encompasses both road and off road riding. Each officer assigned to the team must complete the course in under 15 minutes. The team also did training in injured person rescue techniques that can be used in many different types of situation. Our BRRT is used year around during bar close, protests and other special events.

Minneapolis Police Continue to Investigate Fatal Crash Involving Pedestrian October 19, 2017 (MINNEAPOLIS) A pedestrian who was involved in a personal injury accident at University Avenue SE and Huron Boulevard yesterday died at the hospital at approximately 4:30 this morning. The adult male was attempting to cross University Avenue around 2:15 Wednesday afternoon when it appears that he struck the side of a semi-truck before being knocked underneath its trailer. The truck driver stopped immediately and is cooperating with investigators, who continue to look into the factors surrounding the incident The name of the victim and the exact cause of death will be released by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner. The Minneapolis Police Department Criminal Case Number related to this incident is 17-401796. ###

Community Engagement Officers and 4th Precinct Beat Officers assisted and participated in a 2K run yesterday at Lucy Laney Elementary. Officers handed out police stickers and a lot of high fives along the route!

It was an honor to be a part of the Gopher Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Minnesota !#warmweathercoldwater #brrrrr Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Minnesota

Yesterday officers responded to a call where a person was threatening to jump off the Hennepin Avenue Bridge. As the individual was starting to go over the edge, an MPD officer jumped over the guard wall and grabbed ahold of them. A resident who witness the incident from his home sent the bellow message to MPD. We are proud of the officer’s quick reaction and service to a person in need. “Yesterday I observed a most courageous and heroic act by a Minneapolis police officer. Our condo overlooks the Mississippi River and the Hennepin Avenue bridge. My attention was drawn to the bridge by the presence of fire trucks, ambulances and police cars. There was an individual sitting on the edge of the bridge, above the river, obviously intent on ending [their] life, while city personnel apparently attempted to reason with [them]. Finally the individual turned and slid [their] lower half over the edge and began to descend. Without hesitation and at great risk to himself the officer vaulted over the rail, grabbed the individual and pulled [them] back. The officer then firmly but gently secured the individual while talking to [them] until other personnel were allowed to approach and bring [them] safely back. Had the officer failed to act or had been less efficient, certainly one or two lives would have been lost. I've lived 70+ years and have never seen a more heroic act. Thank you all.” -Minneapolis Resident

This morning, Community Engagement Team (CET) Officers rolled up their sleeves before the MPD rolled out the nation’s first “Mobile Little Free Libraries.” Starting next week, keep your eyes open for a couple of squads throughout the city clearly marked with “We Share Books” magnets. If you see one, give the cop a wave and they’ll stop to hand out free children’s books. The Minneapolis Police Department has launched the program with our generous partners at Little Free Library; Cleveland Police, Detroit Police Department and Los Angeles PD( LAPD Headquarters) will be the next departments to participate in this community engagement and literacy-promoting campaign. Minneapolis also serves as a model for another huge launch for Little Free Library; the organization will be giving 50 Little Free Libraries and 50 Mobile Little Free Libraries to law enforcement agencies throughout the country. You may recall, a few years ago the MPD built libraries in front of its police precincts, which remain quite popular to this day. Today, CET Officers built libraries they’ll be putting out in the communities they serve. Look for libraries at the following locations in the very near future: · Northside Achievement Zone · Brian Coyle Center · Little Earth (Cedar Avenue) · La Alborada Plaza · Lao Assistance Center of MN · Glendale Townhomes – Minneapolis Public Housing Authority · Lucy Laney Elementary School

The MPD Mounted Unit had their yearly trail ride in Minneapolis this past weekend. Here are a few pictures from the event. If you are interested in learning more about our mounted unit events, click here....https://www.facebook.com/MPDMountedFoundation/

Man Dies in Evening Shooting October 15, 2017 (MINNEAPOLIS) Officers from the 3rd Precinct responded to a Shotspotter activation in the area of Franklin Avenue East and 11th Avenue South at 8:28 p.m. When officers arrived, they found a parked car with an adult male inside who had been shot. The male was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics from Hennepin County Medical Center. The name of the deceased will be released by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office. The Minneapolis Police Department’s Homicide Unit and Crime Lab are conducting the investigation into the shooting death. At this point there have been no arrests. Case number 17-397980. Anyone with information is encouraged to text their tip into 847411 (TIP411). Enter MPD, a space, and then the information. These text messages are assigned a tip number and the police department has no way of identifying the source of the information. All texts are anonymous. Persons may also call the MPD TIP Line at 612-692-TIPS (8477). ###