308.00 F.O.R.C.E. (Focusing Our Resources on Community Empowerment)

The Saint Paul Police Department F.O.R.C.E. Unit is a citywide resouce headed by an Investigative Commander under the direction of the Western distrct Senior Commander. The day to day operations of the unit's personnel are supervised by a sergeant. F.O.R.C.E. Unit duty assignments are determined by the unit head.

Rationale:

The Saint Paul Police Department recognizes the negative and pervasive influence that problem properties have on the quality of life in our community. The Department also recognizes that illegal behavior and related activities are a social phenomenon that requires a coordinated response between our police officers, our public, and the combined resources of the City of Saint Paul. The F.O.R.C.E. Unit is designed to combine resources in an effort to address the source of drug and quality of life issues through a variety of strategies.  Primary duties include problem property resolution.

Objective:

To combine the elements of patrol, an environmental housing inspector, our public, and other related agencies and programs in an effort to successfully interdict problem properties and inappropriate behaviors. By working closely with our public and other city agencies, F.O.R.C.E. will attempt to reduce both the level of crime and the opportunities for such crimes.

Functions:

  • Investigate cases involving problem properties that include street-level drug abuse.
  • Obtain, execute and return search warrants.
  • Interrogate suspects and prisoners.
  • Assist the patrol divisions on calls for service, especially situations involving problem properties and related behavioral activities.
  • Assist other units and agencies on investigations as determined by the unit head.
  • Coordinate with and abide by the direction of the narcotic vault custodian in the handling, storage, and destruction of drugs and drug paraphernalia.
  • Develop a close working relationship with the community, and in so much as resources allow, respond to their concerns promptly, courteously and efficiently as pertaining to drug and related behavioral activities.
  • Maintain the necessary files and records to fulfill the F.O.R.C.E. mission.
  • To respond quickly to a variety of events and situations that requires F.O.R.C.E. personnel.
  • To build police-community partnerships to combat crime, fostering and encouraging police community outreach .

It shall be the responsibility of the F.O.R.C.E. Unit to coordinate their strategies with whatever city, county or private agencies that are appropriate in furtherance of their mission.

Updated January 14, 2019