The Support Services Division is comprised of three separate units. They are Investigations/Schools , Proactive Policing and Narcotics. The Division is staffed by one Captain, who is the overall commander of the Division, three Sergeants, who each supervise one of the units, seven Investigators, six Officers assigned as School Resource Officers (SROs), three Officers assigned to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), and and one civilian assigned to Community Relations. The Division also shares an civilian education specialist with the Fire Department.
The role of this unit is the investigation of crimes and apprehension of suspected offenders. The unit is primarily a reactive one, with major job tasks of case screening, follow-up investigations, criminal intelligence, and background checks. One Sergeant supervises the unit with seven Investigators. Four of the Investigator positions are long-term assignments and three are short-time assignments lasting two or three years. Crimes handled by the unit are based on two distinct categories, Crimes Against Persons and Property Crimes.
The unit currently has six officers working in schools in each of the major school districts, Wayzata and Robbinsdale. These officers work closely with school administration and are primarily responsible for the safety and security of their schools. They act as a resource for students and staff, as well as investigating criminal activity that occurs on the school grounds, and giving some classroom presentations.
Proactive Policing Unit
This unit includes several programs: Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE), Crime Prevention, Crime Free Multi-Housing (CFMH), Predatory Offender Compliance, Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Chaplain Corps, and Senior Corps.
The department has three officers working in its Special Investigations Unit (SIU). This unit is designed to be proactive and works to resolve ongoing problems within the community. The officers review crime trends to address growing concerns and work to combat issues. They allow Plymouth Police to address chronic and predatory offenders and recurring problems within the community. They identify and focus attention on individuals who account for a disproportionate number of calls over the years and make strategic plans to modify their criminal activity.
The Plymouth Police Department has a Community Relations Officer who works to improve and increase community interaction through programs and activities such as: Citizens' Academy; "Along for the Ride" cable TV show; alcohol and tobacco compliance checks; Crime Free Multi-Housing; iWATCH; business training in robbery/theft prevention; and developing innovative responses to reported crime trends. The Public Safety Department also utilizes the services of a civilian education specialist to coordinate various crime prevention activities such as Neighborhood Watch, Night to Unite, and various projects such child safety seats and bike helmets. Information about these programs can be found in the programs section of this website. The Chaplain and Senior Corps are volunteer programs within the department and information about these programs can be found in the volunteer section of the website.
Plymouth Police continue participation in the Northwest Metro Drug Task Force. This Task Force is made up of seven participating agencies. They are the cities of Plymouth, New Hope, Crystal, Golden Valley, Robbinsdale, Brooklyn Center and a representative of the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office. The team generally takes over the investigation of narcotics-related crimes within the various cities and completes the investigation through to charging. The team also works with other area drug task forces, the State Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), and several Federal Agencies including the DEA, ATF, FBI, and US Customs.