Goal One: Community Partnerships & Inclusion

Social Media

  • Our social media team of officers posts regularly to social media, in particular Facebook, Instagram, and X (Twitter). Officers are responsible for creating creative content, providing a quick response to share info about evolving events, and to interact with the community through social media.
  • Works collaboratively with other departments that have proven success with community engagement through social media
    • Recently presented at the Minnesota Toward Zero Death Conference to assist other departments throughout the State of Minnesota with the successful development and use of social media.

Utilize Cable Access

  • Partners with NineNorth (formerly CTV North Suburbs) to promote community engagement initiatives and events via social media accounts and to livestream the Cops vs. Kids community basketball event

On-going Community Engagement and Educational Efforts

  • Coffee with a Cop and other strategic ways to meet community members where they are.
  • Promotion of Citizen’s Academy to increase participation.
  • Promotion of Women in Policing Citizen’s Academy to highlight the many female police officers and the various positions that they hold within the industry.
  • Cops vs. Kids basketball event that includes a local DJ, NineNorth, food trucks, and play-by-play announcing with officers, and appearance by Goldy, the UMN mascot
  • Use of social media regularly to keep community up-to-date on recent crime trends and types as an attempt to help them avoid becoming victims.
  • Tracks community engagement time each officer spends to recognize and reward this directed effort.
  • Interweaves community engagement into nearly all patrol efforts, seeing every citizen contact as a community engagement opportunity.