Chiefs' Resources

As of last count in 2018, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety counted 431 active Minnesota law enforcement agencies in Minnesota.  That includes 321 municipal police departments.  The majority of those departments have 15 or fewer sworn officers.  There are currently 10,918 active full-time and part-time law enforcement officers in Minnesota.

Minnesota Law Enforcement Agency Directory

Officer numbers by agency

Minnesota regulates the practice of law enforcement came through the Minnesota Peace Officer Training Board (MPOTB).  It was created by the state legislature in 1967.  The MPOTB’s responsibilities includes certification of agencies offering police academy training. The certification of training programs is in place to standardize police training across Minnesota.


Police body-worn cameras - Minnesota lawmakers passed a bill regulating law enforcement use of body cameras in 2016.  More than 40 Minnesota police department have body-worn camera programs.  MCPA has compiled a list of resources to track implementation of programs and address over emerging issues around the state.  

New 2018 Training Requirements - Peace officers are required to complete at least 48 hours of continuing education training within a three-year licensing period. Beginning July 1, 2018, at least 16 of those hours be in conflict management and mediation, mental illness and crisis response, and valuing community and cultural diversity.  READ MORE 



 Mental Health Resources - A new training law mandates a base of training for Minnesota police officers in crisis response and mental illness.  A recent MCPA Critical Issues Forum highlighted programs local law enforcement agencies use to help improve interactions with people in a state of emotional and mental distress.  READ MORE