The Burnsville Police Department is committed to providing law enforcement services to the community with due regard for the racial, cultural or other differences of those served. It is the policy of this department to provide law enforcement services and to enforce the law equally, fairly, objectively and without discrimination toward any individual or group
Fitness For Duty
All officers are required to be free from any physical, emotional or mental condition that might adversely affect the exercise of peace officer duties. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that all officers of this department remain fit for duty and able to perform their job functions. Basic human performance evaluations are used as a testing tool for this assessment (e.g., lifting, pushing, crawling, running, stair climbing, fence climbing, etc.).
Standards of Conduct
The continued employment or appointment of every member of the Burnsville Police Department shall be based on conduct that reasonably conforms to the guidelines set forth herein. Failure to meet the guidelines set forth in this policy, whether on- or off-duty, may be cause for disciplinary action.
It is the policy of this department to administer a training program that will meet the standards of POST continuing education and provide for the professional growth and continued development of its personnel. By doing so, the Department seeks to ensure its personnel possess the knowledge and skills necessary to provide a professional level of service that meets the needs of the public.
Use of Force
While there is no way to specify the exact amount or type of reasonable force to be applied in any situation, every member of this department is expected to use these guidelines to make such decisions in a professional, impartial and reasonable manner.
The Burnsville Police Department will equip its members with firearms to address the risks posed to the public and department members by violent and sometimes well-armed persons. The Department will ensure firearms are appropriate and in good working order and that relevant training is provided as resources allow.
Portable Audio/Video & Body-Worn Cameras
Portable audio/video recording devices include all recording systems whether body-worn, handheld or integrated into portable equipment.The Burnsville Police Department has equipped uniformed officers with Mobile Video Recording (MVR) systems to document events during the course of an incident. This policy provides guidance on the use and management of the systems and the recorded media.
Minnesota Statute 13.825 (Portable Recording Systems) defines policies regarding data classification, retention, access and more.
Use of Drones
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires that all drone/unmanned aircraft operators - even those only using recreationally - to register with their office. FAA Drone Information.
In addition, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) requires that any drones/unmanned aircraft that have FAA-issued N-Numbers be registered with the state Office of Aeronautics. Registration with MnDOT is not required for unmanned aircraft operated solely for recreational use - but all users must still register with the FAA. MnDOT Drone Information.
Vehicle Pursuit Policy
Vehicle pursuits expose innocent citizens, law enforcement officers and fleeing violators to the risk of serious injury or death. The primary purpose of this policy is to provide officers with guidance in balancing the safety of the public and themselves against law enforcement’s duty to apprehend violators of the law. With this in mind, the Burnsville Police Department seeks to limit motor vehicle pursuits to instances involving only serious offenses against persons.
Crisis Intervention Incidents
The Burnsville Police Department is committed to providing a high level of service to all members of the community and recognizes that persons in crisis may benefit from intervention. The Department will collaborate, where feasible, with mental health professionals to develop an overall intervention strategy to guide its members’ interactions with those experiencing a mental health crisis. This is to ensure equitable and safe treatment of all involved.
Domestic Disturbance is criminal conduct. It is the policy of the Burnsville Police Department to stress enforcement of criminal laws related to domestic abuse, the protection of the victim and the availability of civil remedies and community resources. This includes the arrest of domestic abuse offenders when there is probable cause to believe an offense has occurred, as defined in the Domestic Abuse Act, Minn. Stat. 51B.01.
It is the policy of the Burnsville Police Department that all members make personal and professional commitments to equal enforcement of the law and equal service to the public. Confidence in this commitment will increase the effectiveness of this department in protecting and serving the entire community and recognizing the dignity of all persons, regardless of their immigration status.
Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Services
It is the policy of the Burnsville Police Department to take every reasonable step to ensure timely and accurate communication and access to all individuals regardless of national origin or primary language. (Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000d; Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, 42 U.S.C 3789d; Exec. Order No. 13,166, 65 Fed. Reg. 50,121 (Aug. 16, 2000).) Read the full policy (PDF)
- Minnesota Office of Justice Programs
Help for crime victims, which provides assistance in English, Español, Somali and Hmong