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.
Since 2020, thefts of catalytic converters have risen significantly across the metro including in Bloomington. The MN Commerce Department, through a state-funded grant program, is rolling out a pilot program to mark catalytic converters to prevent thefts. Bloomington Police is excited about this prevention program and it's partnership with Bobby and Steve's Auto World, 7920 France Ave S., Bloomington. For complete information on this program see this webpage of information.
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.
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.
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.
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. Each year, Neighborhood Watch Block Captains throughout Bloomington organize block parties to celebrate National Night Out. The event takes place on the first Tuesday in August with police and fire visiting parties from 6-8 p.m.
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.
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.
What is the Santa Cop Program?
The Bloomington Police Santa Cop Program is an annual event that began in 2020. During that time, it was determined that several families in our community were unable to provide Christmas gifts for their children. The mission and purpose of the Santa Cop Program was started to provide assistance during the holiday season to disadvantaged children and families in the Bloomington community. The department collects unwrapped donations from community members in the form of toys, gifts, and donated funds. Working together we can be certain this holiday season will bring cheer and happiness to kids in need.
How are families selected for the Santa Cop program?
Bloomington Police Department employees and in-bedded Hennepin County Social Workers nominate families in need. Should you know of a family in need, please contact the police department, firstname.lastname@example.org to share your nomination request.
How can you help with Santa Cop?
The success of the Santa Cop Program is only possible due to the generous support of the community! What you donate stays in our community. Your donations and support helps create a memorable holiday season for children and families in the Bloomington community.
Citizens may donate new, unwrapped toys or gifts as well as monetary donations at the lobby of the Bloomington Police Department, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., 1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington, MN 55431.
Donations are being accepted from November 8 through December 16.
In addition to citizen donations, we would gladly accept donations from businesses and organizations looking to support this program.
Items most in need at this time:
- Any new toy or gift
- Makeup, bath and body products, jewelry
- Gift cards
- Electronics, techy gadgets (such as charging cords, wireless earbuds)
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.