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Special Operations

Air Support

The Air Support Division is often utilized by other MPD squads and outside agencies in various types of operations. Helicopters flown by Air Support include three Bell Jet Ranger helicopters and a Eurocopter A-Star helicopter.

Harbor Patrol

This unit is responsible for the safety and enforcement of marine activities along the Mississippi River. The Harbor Patrol currently has a 25-foot Boston Whaler, 24-foot Sea Ark and a 16-foot aluminum weld.


This elite unit, specially trained to respond to various emergency situations, is responsible for handling barricade situations, hostage rescues, counter terrorism, and high risk felony apprehensions.

Mounted Patrol

Mounted Patrol performs a dual function within the department — providing assistance with crowd control or traffic control and providing positive community relations.

Canine Unit

This unit utilizes highly trained dogs who, along with their handlers, make-up a unique team responsible for building searches and suspect searches, as well as narcotic and explosive detection.

Officers in the Schools

The Officers in the Schools (OIS) Program assigns officers to 26 High Schools and 19 Middle and/or Jr. High Schools.