The Public Safety department is made up of several Police divisions that focus on protecting and bettering our community. These divisions include Administration, Patrol, Investigations and Support.
22 uniformed patrol officers are assigned to one of six patrol teams supervised by six patrol sergeants. Officers respond to 9-1-1 calls for service, enforce traffic laws and investigate criminal activity. Neighborhood outreach in the eleven neighborhood districts is an important focus of the department and many officers are designated Neighborhood Resource Officers. In addition to their normal patrol duties, these officers work with residents to identify and resolve neighborhood concerns.
The Fridley Police K-9 unit is part of the patrol unit and consists of two uniformed patrol officers and their canine partners. The Fridley Police Department began to utilize dogs as part of patrol unit in 2009 and assigns each canine team to opposite patrol shifts to maximize canine coverage. Click here for more information about the K-9 Unit.
The Police Reserve Unit is a volunteer unit made up of citizens from Fridley and surrounding areas. A police reserve officer's primary function is to assist the sworn police officers with traffic control, scene security and prisoner transport. Click here for more information about the Reserve Unit.
The Investigations Unit of the Fridley Police Department is responsible for the investigation of crimes committed within the City. The section is responsible for preparing cases to present to the prosecuting attorney's office for charging.
The Fridley Police Investigations Unit is comprised of a detective lieutenant, lead detective, two general detectives, one pawn detective, one Anoka-Hennepin drug task force and violent crimes detective, three school resource officers, and one civilian police technician. The detective lieutenant is responsible for reviewing cases sent to the unit from patrol and assigning those cases to individual detectives. The detectives maintain close working relationships with other investigatory agencies on all levels of law enforcement.
The City of Fridley Public Safety department - Police Division has a detective assigned full time to work on pawn-related issues. The pawn detective assignment is funded in part by funds generated by the licensed pawn shops in the city. Each time a transaction is completed at the pawn shop a small fee is collected to help offset the costs of the position.
The Investigations Unit's main objective is to work hand-in-hand with Patrol to identify and apprehend criminal offenders, with special emphasis on the investigation of major crimes. Through this cooperation, both units operate efficiently to apprehend offenders and resolve cases. Patrol officers' reports/investigations are coupled with those produced in the Criminal Investigations Unit and are subsequently presented to the prosecuting attorney's office for charging.
The structure of the Investigations Unit is:
1 Detective Lieutenant
1 Lead Detective
2 General Detectives
1 Pawn Detective
3 School Resource Officers
1 Narcotics Officer (Anoka-Hennepin Drug Task Force)
An active Neighborhood Watch program is coordinated through the Crime Prevention Specialist. A majority of Fridley neighborhoods are involved thanks to the efforts of hundreds of volunteer block captains.
The Crime Prevention Specialist organizes the annual Night to Unite, Safety Camp and also works with the Fire Department performing child car seat inspections. For more information on these programs, call 763-572-3638.
Information Services Unit
Police records are processed and maintained by the Information Services Unit consisting of a administrative sergeant and five full-time police technicians and data entry personnel. The Fridley Police Department participates in the Anoka County-wide records system, in place since December, 1999. In addition to maintaining police records, Information Services Unit handles incoming calls and walk in traffic at the police departments main lobby window, provides clerical support to the investigators, maintains the evidence and property rooms, and provides police data to the public per Minnesota Data Practices and the City of Fridley Police fee schedule. The Fridley Police office is open 7 days a week except for holidays.
Special Operations Unit
The Special Operations Unit targets specific and significant threats to public safely as well as our residents and visitors ability to move freely, and conduct business. The SOU goal is to disrupt and prevent dangerous criminal activity within the City of Fridley so as to provide a safe and secure environment and to improve the quality of life for our residents and visitors.
The SOU do not answer routine calls, thus they are able to commit the time and resources to investigate specific, acute criminal activity that is a danger to the general public. They do this by blending in. SOU detectives may appear to be normal citizens, drug dealers, substance abusers, or even potential easy marks for criminals. In short, an SOU officer can be anyone they want to be depending on the situation.
Community Service Officers
A community service officer (CSO) provides services related to crime prevention, investigation and response where full police services are unnecessary. They also assist in animal control.