The Operations Division is the largest and most visible division in the St. Cloud Police Department and is responsible for the safety of our residents, workers and visitors. The department’s commitment to effective policing is strongly rooted in our community and tied to our local concerns. Through community policing and community engagement, the Operations Division officers perform their law enforcement duties while also embedding themselves into our community as part of a team that works together to improve the safety and quality of life for everyone.
The Operations Division consists of 1 Commander, 3 Lieutenants and 12 Sergeants that supervise Patrol Police Officers, Criminal Investigators, Canine & DUI Officers, Sex Trafficking, Violent Offender Task Force Officers, the Special Weapons and Tactics Unit (SWAT), and Police Reserve Officer Unit.
- Canine Unit
- Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU)
- Violent Offender Task Force (VOTF)
- Reserve Unit
- Child Response Initiative (CRI)
The goal of the St. Cloud Police Department Canine Unit is to provide trained and certified canine teams to assist our department and surrounding law enforcement agencies in a safe and efficient means for criminal apprehensions, explosives detection, narcotics detection, tracking and search and rescue operations. The Officers and their canines complete bi-monthly training with the Central Minnesota regional canine group and with the Minneapolis Police Department Canine Unit.
Our Canine Unit also serves as a public relations tool for the department. During their patrol shifts the unit is often called upon to conduct demonstrations, talks, or routine visits to introduce the canines to members of the public. These demonstrations and talks are presented at schools, childcare centers, nursing homes and to a variety of community organizations and citizen groups.
Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU)
The Criminal Investigations Unit is responsible for the coordination of all types of criminal investigations. The General Investigations Unit consists of a team of 6 Officers and one Sergeant. There are 5 Officers assigned to general investigations and 1 Officer assigned to investigate burglaries and robberies. These officers conduct follow-up on cases originally received by Patrol Officers that need additional assistance due to geographical issues, expertise or time commitments. The cases include Deaths, Physical and Sexual Assaults, Burglaries, Robberies, Frauds and Forgeries. The Officers also conduct investigations on cases regarding physical and sexual abuse that are reported by Benton, Stearns and Sherburne County Human Services.
Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT)
The St. Cloud Police Department Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) is a specially trained unit within the department. Since its inception in 1991 SWAT has been involved in hundreds of critical incident responses and high risk warrant operations. The primary functional objective of SWAT is the safety and preservation of human life.
The SWAT Team is recognized as a multi-jurisdictional team and has police officers assigned from the Sartell and Waite Park Police Departments and team paramedics that are employees of Mayo Ambulance Service.
The SWAT Team trains one to two days a month and conducts a variety of training. The Team trains for a 3 day period annually at Camp Ripley using the training village for full scale exercises with command staff and utilizing the automated training ranges. 50% of the teams training time involves reality based scenarios involving barricaded suspects, hostage situations, vehicle take downs and other high risk scenarios.
Violent Offender Task Force (VOTF)
The Violent Offender Task Force (VOTF) combines the efforts of several law enforcement agencies to identify and investigate the most violent offenders in the region.
The Task Force is comprised of Supervisors, Officers and Deputies from the following Central Minnesota law enforcement agencies:
- Sartell Police Department
- St. Cloud Police Department
- Benton County Sheriff’s Department
- Morrison County Sheriff’s Department
- Sherburne County Sheriff’s Department
- Stearns County Sheriff’s Department
- Todd County Sheriff’s Department
The Task Force does not break down any arrest statistics for the City of St. Cloud but is responsible for reports to the State of Minnesota covering the Central Minnesota Region. Reports on the Task Force activity may be obtained from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
Police Reserve Unit
The St. Cloud Police Reserve Unit is a volunteer organization dedicated to the goal of assisting the St. Cloud Police Department with trained and uniformed volunteer officers. The Reserve Unit is comprised of 25 members, male and female including a captain, training sergeant, secretary/treasurer sergeant and up to 22 reserve patrol officers. The Reserve Unit works directly through and with the Police Department and has an appointed liaison officer and assistant liaison officer that are full-time police officers. The liaisons report to the Assistant Chief of Police and ultimately to the Chief of Police.
Reserve Officers come from all walks of life and wanting to become a regular full-time police officer is not required. Reserve Officers must be a United States citizen or have a work visa, be at least 18 years old and have a valid drivers license. All selected applicants will be required to submit to a physical exam by their personal physician stating that they are in good physical condition to perform duties associated with police work prior to being allowed to ride with a regular officer. Each prospective applicant is carefully screened and background investigations are completed before appointment and swear-in as a Reserve Officer.
Expectations & Training
Each member is expected to attend the monthly meeting and ride with a regular police officer a minimum of 8 hours a month. Meetings are conducted every 4th Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. No new Reserve is allowed in a squad car until they have fulfilled the basic requirements and have an understanding of what is expected of them.
Topics of training include: firearms, TASER, self-defense, pressure points, handcuffing, crowd control, traffic direction and many other areas as needed. St. Cloud Police Reserves do not carry a weapon, however, each member is trained in the use of the Police M-4 rifle and the Glock 40 caliber handgun. A St. Cloud Police Reserve works with a regular police officer who is in charge at all times. Reserves are expected to assist the officer they are working with in a variety of situations including physically restraining combative persons, crowd control and traffic direction. These are just a few of the tasks and they are intended as a brief explanation of the duties of a St. Cloud Police Reserve.
Candidates shall be at least 18 years of age and a high school graduate or equivalent, and be willing to commit to a minimum of two years volunteer service.
Interested in Applying?
For more information, please refer to the contact information listed to the right. To apply for a St. Cloud Police Reserve position, please complete an application and place the completed application in a large sealed manila envelope. The envelope should be marked "Attention: Sergeant Sayre" and should be delivered to our Police Department Information Desk during our normal business hours.
St. Cloud Area Child Response Initiative
The St. Cloud Area Child Response Initiative, CRI, is a secondary program that addresses the needs of children and families exposed to violence and trauma in the St. Cloud area, which includes the cities of St. Cloud, Waite Park, and Sartell. CRI provides a coordinated community response to children (0-18 years of age) and their families who have experienced any type of trauma or violence through using a trauma-informed framework focused on safety and empowerment. CRI advocates, police officers, community providers and mental health professionals work together to support your child and family after an experience of violence or trauma.