In 1975, Maplewood trained their first officers as paramedics and became the first city in Minnesota to provide the service through a police department.
The Maplewood Police Department is one of three police departments in Minnesota that currently operates a paramedic service through the police department. On November 22, 2004, the Maplewood City Council voted to modify this plan.
Eleven of the department’s 50 sworn officers are trained as paramedics. Under the revised plan, the Maplewood Fire Department will assist with the provision of this service utilizing full-time firefighter paramedics.
A paramedic coordinator has also been hired to organize the activities of all involved in the program. In the past, this function had been provided by a police sergeant.