The Gun Unit takes a proactive approach to reducing gun violence in the City of Saint Paul. Officers work closely with the Ramsey County Attorney's Office, the City Attorney's Office and along with State and Federal Attorneys to agressively prosecute violent gun crimes. Officers work in the community, and in the schools, to educate as well as prevent young people from participating in gang activity and gun crimes.
The responsibilities of the SPPD Gun Unit consists of the following:
-Investigation of firearm-related cases, assisting other units with investigations and training involving firearm cases
-The Saint Police Department participates in State and Federal programs involving firearms, such as the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) Tracing Center, Project Safe Neighborhoods, and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) National Integreated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN).
-Sending DNA samples from violent offenders involving firearm cases to the (BCA) for testing.
-Execution of search warrants and the tracking of firearms taken as evidence.
-Review and the return of firearms to legally-authorized owners.