Community Outreach

The Hopkins Police Department takes an active role in the following programs to help partner with residents and businesses and keep crime low in Hopkins.

Car Seat Inspections

If you have precious cargo, the Hopkins Police Department has personnel who are National Child Passenger Safety Technicians that can inspect your child’s car seat to ensure it’s installed properly. To request for a car seat inspection, please fill out the Car Seat Inspection Request Form. Also, find the ultimate car seat guide on the Safe Kids Worldwide Website.

Community Academy

Interested in learning more about the Hopkins Police Department and the law enforcement profession? The Hopkins Police Department conducts Community Academies for groups within the city.  The presentation covers the department history, structure, overview of the day to day operations, and a traffic stop demonstration.  The presentation can be tailored to your group’s needs or interests and can be held at our place or yours!  To learn more about the Community Academy or schedule your group, please contact Julia Ross or Anne Marie Buck.

Cops ’N’ Kids

The Hopkins Police Department recognizes the importance of reaching out to at risk or disadvantaged youth in our community and creating positive social interactions with law enforcement in an effort to prevent and deter crime. For more information, visit the Cops ’N’ Kids Page.

Crime Free Multi-Housing Program

The Police Department has been involved in the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program since 1994.  The program teaches rental property owners and managers how to keep  illegal activity off of their property. Read more on the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program Page.

Hopkins Race & Equity Initiative

The Hopkins Race & Equity Initiative is a collaborative  effort creating opportunities to increase awareness and understanding of race,  equity and diversity and promoting a sense of community that welcomes and  values all residents. Read more on the Hopkins Race & Equity Initiative Page.

Joint Community Police Partnership (JCPP)

The JCPP is a collaborative effort  to enhance communication and   understanding between law enforcement officers and multicultural residents. Find more information on the Joint Community Police Partnership Page.


The LightsOn! initiative helps ease the financial burden of fixing a broken car light. In a new partnership with Bobby and Steve’s Auto World, the Hopkins Police Department can now offer low-income drivers a voucher to fix broken taillights, turn signals and headlights for free.

Multicultural Advisory Committee (MAC)

The MAC provides advice, suggestions, and assistance to the Hopkins Police Department to aid them in better serving, communicating with, and understanding the many cultures that reside in, work in, or visit the Hopkins area. Read more on the Multicultural Advisory Committee Page.

National Night Out

NNO is an annual event designed to heighten crime and drug prevention  awareness and to provide an opportunity to promote and celebrate  police-community partnerships in crime prevention efforts. Read more on the National Night Out Page.

Neighborhood Watch

The Police Services Liaison helps coordinate  neighbors who have joined together to reduce crime  through Neighborhood Watch. Find more information on the Neighborhood Watch Page.

School Safety Patrol

The Hopkins Police Services Liaison serves as the coordinator for the community elementary schools' AAA School Safety Patrol Program. With the help of generous donations from the Hopkins American Legion, each year several elementary students attend a week-long safety camp at Legionville Camp near Brainerd. While at camp, they learn safety skills that will help them in their role as safety patrol members.

Participation Reward

In appreciation for their hard  work and dedication, participants of the safety program are treated to  a day at The Park At MOA™ at Mall of America, courtesy of the Suburban Law Enforcement Association.

Summer Youth Academy

The Summer Youth Academy is tailored to kids ages 12 to 15. Over the course of nine weeks, the participants learn a variety of skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and leadership. The program is facilitated by police department personnel and other partners throughout the community. Participants will also be introduced to law enforcement and the various components of daily police work, and will interact with and be supervised by police personal and other professionals from the Hopkins community.