The MSP Airport Watch Program was launched in November 2008 with 10 dedicated member volunteers. Part of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) Airport Police Department (APD), the program aims to enlist the public's help in enhancing the safety and security of MSP Airport's perimeter. Today membership stands at 39 and is growing every month.
Similar to a Neighborhood Watch program, the MSP Airport Watch program calls upon its members to be the extra set of "eyes and ears" when out visiting areas near the perimeter of the airport campus. These locations typically include the area used by dog owners off 28th Avenue behind the Metropolitan Airports Commission's executive offices, the Cell Phone Lot on Post Road where aviation buffs like to spend time watching airplanes take off and land and other non-public locations that were closed to the public after 9/11.
The program's objective is to identify and deter criminal activity at the MSP Airport. Effective crime prevention requires a proactive approach to anticipating risks and dealing with them immediately. Typically, most crimes occur when the opportunity is present and the risk of getting caught is low. The MSP Airport Watch Program seeks to employ crime prevention tactics designed to significantly reduce the opportunity and increase the risk of getting caught, thereby reducing overall crime.
What do members do?
Being a member does not require a lot of extra dedicated time. Program members go about their daily business as usual. Many are aviation enthusiasts and/or aviation photographers and already spend time at the airport. Others may be dog owners who already visit airport property regularly. Anyone, however, with an interest in helping to deter and prevent crime around the airport is welcome to apply.
When a member is on airport property and observes atypical or unusual activities, they call the MSP Emergency Communications Center and provides them as much information as possible without approaching the situation. The ECC will summon the appropriate assistance.
Members also attend a monthly meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of each month to receive updates and training.
Becoming a Member
Anyone interested in becoming an MSP Airport Watch member is required to complete an application and undergo a background check. Members must also:
Be a Minnesota resident 18 years of age or older Submit a written application (available when you inquire)
Consent to an initial background check that includes being fingerprinted
Have a photo taken for an identification card
Have a cell phone available to use
Attend a training class on safety and report activity when on the airport campus
Apply for membership renewal annually (including an updated background check and photo ID)
When on the airport campus, wear a program shirt, jacket or vest and display your ID card and auto dashboard placard Adhere to program rules and guidelines
Contact MSP Airport Watch
Contact the MSP Airport Police Department for more information about becoming a member. Officer JoLynn Christianson: e-mail Jolynn.Christianson@mspmac.org
or call 612-726-5115
MSP Airport Watch Brochure
Download the brochure here: MSP Airport Watch Brochure