Minneapolis Police Department recognizes 2011 Officers of the Year

The Minneapolis Police Department has recognized seven police officers as 2011 Officers of the Year.  

First Precinct
Officer Tony Adams is the First Precinct’s Officer of the Year for 2011. Officer Adams’ supervisors describe him as an officer who has great attention to detail, is willing to go the extra mile and exemplifies what a professional and caring police officer should be.  

Since joining the department in 1990, Officer Adams has worked as a patrol officer in the Third and Fourth Precincts. He has working in the Narcotics Unit and as a School Resource Officer. Officer Adams is currently assigned to day watch in the First Precinct.

Second Precinct
Lieutenant Bill Whisney and Officer Adam Grobove, who have worked for the Minneapolis Police Department for more than 38 and 21 years, respectively, are the Second Precinct’s Officers of the Year.

During the spring of 2011, these officers collaborated with the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Barbara Schneider Foundation to start the Second Precinct’s Homeless Veteran’s Backpack Program. Patrol officers would identify homeless veterans and provide them with basic living supplies and information for veteran’s services. One of the goals of this initiative was to expand it to the other precincts in the city.

Third Precinct
Officer Todd Harder has been selected as the Third Precinct’s Officer of the Year. Since joining the Minneapolis Police Department in 1997, Officer Harder has spent the majority of his time patrolling the streets of the Third Precinct. He currently works the night shift.

Officer Harder was recognized for consistently being a top performer and a veteran officer who leads by example in self initiated work. He is also a field training officer for our new recruits. 

Fourth Precinct
Officer Roderic Weber was selected for this award, in part, because of his proactive work as a beat officer on West Broadway Avenue. In 2011, Officer Weber made more than 500 proactive stops that included suspicious persons and vehicles. That year, he also received the Minneapolis Police Department’s Lifesaving Award.

Since joining the department in 1992, Officer Weber has worked in the First and Third Precincts. He was also assigned to the Canine and Traffic Units.

Fifth Precinct
Officer Steve Sporny is the Fifth Precinct’s Officer of the Year for 2011. Officer Sporny began working for the Minneapolis Police Department in 2006.

In 2011, the Fifth Precinct was experiencing an increase in violent robberies. Officer Sporny and his partner stopped a suspicious vehicle, identified the occupants, conducted a preliminary investigation and forwarded their information to the Robbery Unit. As a result, the suspects were charged with Aggravated Robbery. Additionally, Officer Sporny has been the “go to” officer on his shift. He is extremely knowledgeable in the areas of traffic laws and officer safety.

Special Operations Division
Officer Jeanine Brudenell is the 2011 Special Operations Division Officer of the Year. Officer Brudenell’s for her dedication with building bridges in the Somali community and being extremely active with the Police Activities League.

Officer Brudenell began her career with the Minneapolis Police Department in 1994. Since that time she has had a number of assignments including the First Precinct, Organized Crime Unit and the Intelligence Sharing Analysis Center. She is currently assigned to the Community Engagement Team.


Published Apr 20, 2012



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