The Minnetonka Police Department is governed by Minnetonka-specific policies and state and federal laws that establish rules of enforcement and promote a culture of respect between our officers and residents.
Each officer is required to participate in regular, extensive training to ensure an innovative and compassionate approach to law enforcement.
The sections below highlight policy and training areas of emphasis. Contact Police Chief Scott Boerboom at 952-939-8500 to learn more or ask questions.
Click on the titles below to view the full policies. Contact the police department to learn more about these policies or policies not highlighted here.
- Arrest procedure
- When an offense justifying an immediate arrest has been committed, the law enforcement officer has a clear duty to make a proper arrest. Prior to an arrest or as soon as possible thereafter, the arresting officer shall identify himself or herself to the person being arrested and inform the person that they are under arrest and the reason for the arrest.
- If, after receiving notice of the intention to arrest, the defendant either flees or forcibly resists, the officer may use reasonable and necessary means to affect the arrest.
- The officer may place an unconscious, mentally ill, or injured person under arrest even though such person is incapable of understanding that they are under arrest. The arresting officer, however, shall insure that the person arrested is, without unnecessary delay, given medical care or hospitalized as appropriate.
- Authorized use of force
- When employees are permitted to use force, they may use only reasonable force as necessary and determined by the situation.
- Department members are authorized to use reasonable force only when necessary and in compliance with Minnesota State Statutes. While the use of reasonable force may be necessary to control a subject or protect the officer or others, force should not be used unless other reasonable alternatives have been considered.
- Bias crimes
- Ensure that rights guaranteed by state laws and the U.S. Constitution are protected for all people regardless of race, color, ethnic background, religion or sexual orientation.
- Critical incident response and investigation
- It is in the best interest of the city, the police department, the public, and the employees involved that a thorough and detailed investigation be conducted into all critical incidents.
- Examples of a critical incident would include but would not be limited to officer involved shootings, other incidents involving deadly force, vehicle pursuits and other officer involved actions resulting in great bodily harm or death, and events presenting the risk of significant civil liability.
- When an officer is involved in any use of force incident in which a person has been fatally injured, the officer may be removed from active duty upon completion of the preliminary investigation and placed on administrative leave until the incident has been reviewed by the chief of police.
- Department regulations and job related conditions
- Department members must be courteous to the public. Members must be tactful in the performance of duties, must control their tempers, and exercise patience and discretion. They must not engage in argumentative discussion, even in the face of provocation. In the performance of their duties, members may not use coarse, violent, profane, insolent language, or gestures, and may not express any bias concerning race, sex, religion, politics, national origin, life style, or similar personal characteristics.
- Discharging of weapons
- Department personnel may discharge firearms for reasons outlined in the directive titled “Authorized Use of Force.”
- Justification for the use of firearms is limited only to what reasonably appears to be the facts known or perceived by an officer at the time the officer uses the firearm.
- Officers may not fire warning shots.
- Impartial policing
- This policy is intended to reaffirm our department’s commitment to impartial/unbiased policing and to reinforce procedures that serve to assure the public that we are providing service and enforcing laws in a fair and equitable manner to all.
- Officers may not consider race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation and religion in establishing either reasonable suspicion or probable cause.
- Mental health response
- It is the goal of the Minnetonka Police Department to respond to incidents involving persons in crisis or with suspected mental health issues with professionalism, compassion and concern for the safety of all involved. During these incidents, officers shall utilize Crisis Intervention Team trained officers whenever possible to provide initial response and initiate case management.
- The Crisis Intervention Team Coordinator will work with the person in crisis, family members, clinicians, and other parties deemed appropriate to manage, advocate for, and work to minimize the risk of injury or need for emergency services. The CIT Coordinator will be responsible for managing any follow-up with the person in crisis.
- Revisits will be conducted when the initial responding officer believes that the person in crisis may benefit from additional services.
- Professional conduct of police department employees
- Employees must carry out their duties with integrity, fairness and impartiality.
- Employees must provide every person in our society with professional, effective and efficient law enforcement services.
- Employees may not allow their law enforcement decisions to be influenced by race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, and marital status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sexual orientation or age.
- Recording police activity
- The Minnetonka Police Department recognizes the rights of persons to lawfully record members of this department who are performing their official duties. Members of this department will not prohibit or intentionally interfere with such lawful recordings.
- Any recordings that are deemed to be evidence of a crime or relevant to an investigation will only be collected or seized lawfully.
Minnetonka Police personnel are required to participate in regular training that covers countless topics to enhance their ability to serve our community in a fair and just manner. Highlights and areas of emphasis are listed below.
- Building trust in the community
- Communications skills
- Conflict management
- Constitutional policing
- Crisis management, response, negotiation and team training
- Cultural awareness
- De-escalation skills and persuasion
- Diversity, inclusion and equity
- Ethics and integrity
- Implicit bias
- Mental health
- Persuasion and de-escalation
- Use of force – laws, standards and policies
The Minnetonka Police Department does not engage in warrior-style training of any kind.
The city drafted a new policy that would equip police officers with body-worn cameras. If adopted, the policy and procedure would go into effect in 2021. Learn more and view the draft policy at minnetonkamn.gov/body-cams.