Officers meet monthly with local residents and community members at various sites throughout the city to talk, get acquainted and simply play Bingo. Similar to Coffee with a Cop there are no agendas or topics, just officers sitting with our community members and getting to know each other. This is a step to stand together, promote community partnerships and unity in a time where there is so much divide. BINGO with Bloomington's Finest is a great day to showcase how impactful police-community relationships can be along with citizen involvement. When law enforcement and the community work closely together, some amazing things can happen.
Business Watch is a free program offered by the Bloomington Police Department to all businesses in the city. The program is an excellent way to keep in contact and network on issues specific to doing business in Bloomington. Information sharing is invaluable and membership in this program builds cohesiveness within the Bloomington Business Community.
The Bloomington Police Citizens Academy is offered each fall.
We have found the academy to be especially effective in enhancing communication between officers and citizens through the sharing of knowledge and information of police practices.
The Citizens Academy will take place annually on Thursday nights for ten weeks. Typically from mid-September through mid-November. There is no cost to attend, but due to high demand for the class, you are expected to commit to all ten weeks. We hope you will consider registering.
This meet-and-greet program is designed to provide residents an opportunity to get to know the Bloomington Police Department and its officers. Coffee with a Cop will take place at various coffee shop locations throughout Bloomington every month. These events are agenda free, no speeches or specific topics; just informal conversations about what matters to you.
As part of our ongoing efforts to maintain open lines of communication with our residents, the Bloomington Police Department hosts Community Conversations. Community Conversations provide community members an opportunity to meet with Interim Chief Mike Hartley and other police department officials, share feedback on community needs and concerns, and learn more about the police department’s crime prevention efforts. These informal conversations have no set agenda, and are open to all who would like to attend. We look forward to you joining us!
Community Conversations are open to everyone.
Community Conversations will be held in various locations in the city. The location will be determined roughly a month prior to the meeting.
Community Conversations are held in the Spring and Fall each year. Typically in April and October.
The Bloomington Police Department values our strong community partnerships, and is committed to strengthening police-community relations for all Bloomington residents. This is a great opportunity to hear from our community on questions or concerns they may have. We feel it's important for the community to interact with police via open lines of communication so that community members feel comfortable approaching the police with non-emergency concerns.
Details on the next event are on the top left of this page under "events" or available by calling the Police Department at 952-563-4900.
Cops and Cones brings police officers and the community members they serve together - over ice cream . Police officers will also provide bike safety tips for children.
Cops and Cones is a spin off of Coffee with a Cop and will be held various times throughout the summer. Cops and Cones is one of the many ways we work to connect with the community and build relationships with residents in Bloomington.
The mission of Cops and Cones
- Improve trust, break down barriers and strengthen relationships between police officers and the citizens we serve
- Have open lines of communication and understanding between the Bloomington Police Department and the Bloomington community
- Address relevant issues in the community
- Foster a strong and reliable relationship between community members and the officers of the Bloomington Police Department
Summer Cops and Cones events
This is an outdoor event so plan accordingly for the weather.
Please note this number is not monitored 24-hours a day; please call 911 in an emergency.
- Anonymous help line to report information regarding anyone who is displaying behaviors that lead you to believe they may be a threat to themselves or others.
- Early warning and intervention system to anonymously report suspicious or concerning behavior that you feel may be connected to violent extremism.
- A means to anonymously report those who make threats against others and or amass the means to carry out such threats
- Your anonymous tip will be vetted and action taken to provide help to that individual. Our hope is members of our community will get the resources they need and help us maintain public safety.
The Joint Community Police Partnership (JCPP) is a collaborative effort between Hennepin County and the cities of Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Hopkins, Richfield, and St. Louis Park. Our mission is to enhance communication and understanding between law enforcement and the multicultural residents of these cities. By building trust and communication between police departments and community members, we aim to improve the safety and livability of our communities.
The 38th annual National Night Out will take place on Tuesday, August 3, 2021.
Each year, Neighborhood Watch Block Captains throughout Bloomington organize block parties to celebrate National Night Out.
Concerned residents are the best asset any police department has in fighting crime. The Neighborhood Watch program was developed to train and educate residents in ways to be involved, stay informed and work together with their neighbors to address mutual concerns and find solutions. A watch program is neighbors helping neighbors.
A Bloomington Police sponsored event bringing the community and police together in a safe, fun, low key & no pressure event. The events are dubbed "Safe Summer Nights," and they offer a way for neighbors and police officers to meet in the city for an evening of free food, games and community building. Private businesses provide all the food and drinks and work the grills. We, the police, provide the opportunity to build stronger bonds with our neighbors and community. The cities Park and Rec dept. has been extremely helpful in getting all the fun events for the kids up and running.
Safe Swap Spot is a designated location for residents to conduct transactions in a public location. Transactions may include online purchases, child custody exchanges or transactions where meeting in a public location will help improve personal safety.
Skim Stop is a program that is designed to prevent skimming devices being placed on or in gas station pumps. Skimming is a method of stealing personal information obtained from a credit card terminal during payment. Numerous Bloomington gas stations are participating in the program in an effort to safeguard your account information when you use your credit card at a gas pump.