St. Anthony Police Officer Jim South gives an update on the departments de-escalating training initiatives related to mental health crises, and how this training helps the department and the residents it serves.
To improve the overall quality of life by preserving the peace and safety of the community.
The St. Anthony Police Department is committed to hire, develop, and retain dedicated professionals who are devoted to exceptional policing service and creating a safe and secure community that is a desirable place in which to live, learn, work and play.
About Our Department
The basic objective of the St. Anthony Police Department is the maintenance of Social Order within carefully prescribed ethical and constitutional restrictions, and includes prevention of criminality, repression of crime, apprehension of offenders, recovery of property, regulation of non-criminal conduct and the performance of miscellaneous services. While each of these is important and necessary to the operation of any police agency, individual communities differ as to the importance placed on each segment of service.
Since we are a service-oriented entity, we must be aware of the social pressures existing in our particular community and modify or adapt our techniques in response to these pressures. We must constantly attune our goals to our community's concerns and seek to find/elicit those concerns. We are law enforcement oriented and must constantly strive for uniformity amongst officers, in addition to professionalism on an individual and department level.
Our Department places an added emphasis on public service, public relations, juvenile relations, and crime prevention. The emphasis must be present in all our police activities on a day to day basis, and apply equally to all citizens. We must seek to provide a personalized service to our residents in the interest of effective public and juvenile relations.
While larger communities enjoy the luxury of specialization among its officers, our department members must be proficient in all phases of police service.
We must constantly strive to accomplish our mission on an individual basis and as a team member of the department and let us do it in a manner that will bring credit to the police profession, our department, and our community.
The St. Anthony Police Department has a total of 20 sworn officers, 2 full-time civilian staff, and 1 full-time Community Service Officer. Additionally, the Department has 14 Reserve Officers. The Department also provides police services for the city of Lauderdale on a contractual basis.
*The St. Anthony Police Department will no longer distribute police patches to patch collectors. Patches are official symbols of the Department, paid for by taxpayers. The cost of patches, postage and time are prohibitive. For these reasons, we are unable to honor requests for shoulder patches.