The Saint Paul Police Department (SPPD) is the main law enforcement agency with juristiction over the City of Saint Paul, Minnesota. The SPPD is the second largest law enforcement agency in Minnesota, after the Minneapolis Police Department. Consisting of over 600 sworn officers and 200 non-sworn officials, the SPPD is considered to be one of the most progressive large-city police departments in the nation[1][2].

Command Structure

Introduced Terminated Rank Title of Sworn Officers
1854 Present Chief
1872 Present Sergeant
1854 1974 Patrolman
1856 1999 Captain
1864 1964 Detective - last detectives retired in 1988
1888 1999 Lieutenant - rank still exists but is unused by civil service. No lieutenants have been active since 2000.
1912 1914 Roundsman - a rank between patrolman and sergeant
1913/1920 1974 Policewoman - after getting right to vote, women could become sworn officers
???? 1960 Inspector
1908 1964 Assistant Chief
2000 Present Assistant Chief - unclassified by civil service, chief is authorized to appoint assistant chiefs
1963 2000 Deputy Chief
1974 Present Police Officer
2000 Present Commander — All lieutenants became commanders
2000 Present Senior Commander — All captains became senior commanders. (Unclassified, chief authorized to appoint senior commanders)

Department Awards:

The department has only issued medals / awards since 1971. The current medals are[1]:

  • Medal of Valor Class A
  • Medal of Merit Class B
  • Officer of the Year
  • Detective of the Year
  • Civilian Employee of the year

Department Size[2]

Like most major cities, the city of St. Paul saw a population decline beginning in the late 1960s. However, the police department has continued to grow[2]. The current police chief also has a hiring push underway to increase the size of the force to help continue to fight crime.[3]

Year City Population Sworn Officers Non-Sworn Law Enforcement Personnel
1849 910 4
1858 7,000 11
1863 10,401 10
1871 20,030 19
1888 133,156 160
1900 163,065 195
1920 234,698 357
1930 271,606 358
1940 287,736 345
1950 311,329 368 26
1960 313,411 389 43
1970 309,980 463 69
1983 270,230 495
1990 272,235 524 131
2000 287,151 547 211
2009 (277,251; 2007 Census Estimate) 630 (Projected; fully funded by Mayor's 2008 Budget) 300 (Projected)

Contact Information

367 Grove Street
Saint Paul
MN 55101
Phone: (651) 266-5588

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