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.