Part of the Airport Community
In addition to its crucial public safety role, the Airport Police Department (APD) is also active in MSP's community. From day-to-day interactions with travelers to coordinating and participating in events, the APD strives to be visible, accessible and approachable to MSP's travelers and staff.
Night to Unite
Like the community version of the event, MSP's Night to Unite is designed to heighten awareness of crime and drug activities, generate support for and participation in local anti-crime fighting programs, and strengthen police partnerships with the airport community. MSP's public safety division coordinates this annual event, which gives officers an opportunity to interact with the traveling public and discuss their role as an integral part of airport safety. All airport employees and the traveling public are invited to attend and learn more about the airport's public safety operations.
The APD plans and coordinates MSP's annual Plane Pull, which raises money for Special Olympics Minnesota in a very unique way. Teams compete to see who can pull a Delta Air Lines jet 25 feet in the shortest time. The entry fee is a fundraising minimum of $1,000. This event is open to the public and also features activities for kids, including a much smaller plane they can pull themselves.
The department's mascot, Officer Blue, is a great goodwill ambassador for MSP's smallest travelers. He helps to build and strengthen relationships between the public and the law enforcement community through his approachable presence. Look for Blue at both law enforcement and other airport events.