Happy New Year: MPD’s Top Facebook Posts of 2016

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Happy New Year everyone! As we start 2017, we took a look back at our most popular Facebook posts of 2016. 

10. Drinking and Driving Kills, Sgt. Michal’s Story (VIDEO) - 117.5K people reached

Ten years ago today, Sgt. Catherine Michal’s daughter, Deanna, was killed by a drunk driver. Below is her story.

Halloween is a particularly deadly time due to drunk driving. If you are planning on drinking over the Halloween weekend, please plan ahead and don’t drink and drive. The decisions you make can have serious ramifications.



9. MPD Mannequin Challenge (VIDEO) - 120.5k people reached

We took on the #MannequinChallenge with help from our friends at Franklin Middle School. Let's just say that here in Minnesota, we are used to being frozen! How do you think we did?


8. Bike Cops For Kids Shoot Hoops with Kids (VIDEO) - 144.3K people reached

NBA game #7 right here in north Minneapolis and it's all tied up. The little guy in the yellow socks goes by "Steph Curry" and is very athletic. The cops and kids are both winners in this one. What an awesome summer day. Officer Dave and Tranny are breathing heavily, better stage medics close by????


7. Sprint customers can not call 911 in Minneapolis - 147.6K people reached

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6. Officers Hand Out Water Bottles (VIDEO) - 159.3K people reached

It’s a hot one out there today. Drink lots of water, stay indoors if you can, and look out for each other. And if you see any of our officers out and about handing out water bottles be sure to say hello!


5. Officers Visit CHildren’s Hospital while in Fargo for Officer Funeral (PICTURES)- 155.7 people reached



4. A Message from the Chief: Balancing Public Safety & 1st Amendment Rights- 279.5K people reached

A message from the Chief regarding the balance between public safety and 1st Amendment rights.

The Minneapolis Police Department has a long history of helping residents, and those who visit our city, exercise their first amendment rights. It is also our responsibility to do everything in our power to keep people safe. We understand that an upcoming legal decision has the potential to cause some tension and angst in and around our city. As we plan for the county attorney’s decision, whatever that may be, I would like members of our community to know public safety is always our number one priority.

We will not tolerate acts of violence against anyone, and that includes acts of violence against our officers. We will enforce the laws of Minnesota and the ordinances of the City of Minneapolis, and anyone who violates them will be held accountable. We will not allow people to set fires on our streets or occupy and vandalize our buildings. We will not allow people to jeopardize the safety of others by causing massive disruptions and hindering emergency vehicles from helping those in need. The MPD has to, and will, strike a balance between first amendment rights with the safety of everyone.


3. Crime Prevention Translated into Somali (VIDEO) - 399.6K people reached

With warmer temperatures, more people are out and about, and that includes people who are looking to commit crimes of opportunity. Here are a couple of tips we’ve put together to help you lower your chances of becoming a victim of a robbery.


2. Officer Gorman Helps Woman Stranded in the Cold (VIDEO) - 454.5k people reached

WATCH: Sometimes “protecting and serving” means helping someone stranded out in the cold.


1. I Love Horses Day (VIDEO) - 506.1K people reached

Today is “I Love Horses Day” and here at MPD we love our Mounted Police Horses. So we wanted to give a shout out to the 11 horses that help us keep the community safe!