Janeé Harteau Sworn in as Police Chief

Janeé Harteau was sworn in Dec. 4 as Minneapolis’ 52nd chief of police. Chief Harteau was pinned with the chief’s badge by her 13-year old daughter, Lauren, at a ceremony at City Hall.

In her remarks at the swearing-in, Chief Harteau pledged that her key values, and the key values of what she termed “MPD 2.0,” will be commitment, integrity and transparency.

Until January 1, 2013, Harteau is serving as Acting Chief as she completes the final month of the term of former Chief Tim Dolan. She will begin her full, three-year term as chief on January 2, 2013.

About Chief Janeé Harteau

Janeé Harteau joined the Minneapolis Police Department as an officer in 1987, at age 22. She has worked on the street in north, south and downtown Minneapolis, and has served in the narcotics, organized crime and license investigation units, among others.

From 2006–2009, she served as inspector of the 1st Precinct in downtown Minneapolis, where she advanced public/private partnerships that led to the formalization of the Downtown SafeZone Collaborative and the Downtown Courtwatch program that received national recognition with the 2009 Community Policing award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police. As 1st Precinct inspector, she also implemented the position of Somali Liaison Officer and improved relations with the Somali community in Cedar-Riverside.

Former Chief Tim Dolan named Harteau deputy chief of the Patrol Bureau in 2009 and assistant chief in 2010. She is a member of the Major City Chiefs Association, the Police Executive Research Forum and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, among other professional affiliations.

Her community service includes her current service on the boards of YouthLink, a nonprofit that serves homeless youth, and the Downtown Improvement District, and past service on the boards of Big Brothers, Big Sisters and the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Harteau holds a bachelor’s degree in Police Science and a master’s degree in Public Safety Administration, both from St. Mary’s University. She is also a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command. She is an instructor at both institutions.

Harteau, who is of French Canadian and Native American descent, is the first woman to lead the Minneapolis Police Department.

Mayor Rybak’s full remarks as prepared for delivery at the ceremony are available.

Published Dec 4, 2012