Police Chief Harteau appoints Precinct Inspectors

Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau has announced the appointment of the new Inspectors for each of the city’s five police precincts. Chief Harteau was sworn in as Minneapolis police chief on Dec. 4, and in the days since, has named her executive leadership team and filled other key positions within the police department.

“I’m very happy to have such skilled and experienced leadership in each of our precincts,” said Chief Harteau. “Inspectors are key figures in the community, and each precinct has specific needs, calling for the right kind of leader to help meet those challenges. This round of appointments continues to fulfill my goal of having the right people in the right places to move our department forward.”

The new appointments include:

1st Precinct Inspector – Bryan Schafer
(Downtown and Cedar Riverside)   

Inspector Bryan Schafer is a 29-year veteran of law enforcement. He has been with the Minneapolis Police Department for the past 21 years and most recently commanded the 2nd Precinct in the Northeast and Southeast neighborhoods of Minneapolis. 

Schafer completed his Associates Degree in 1984 and his Bachelor’s Degree at Metropolitan State University in 2005, graduating with honors. In 2006, Schafer was assigned as the Commander of the newly centralized Juvenile Unit, where the emphasis is on juvenile violent crime. Inspector Schafer has been instrumental in collaborating with community and criminal justice partners to influence juvenile justice reform in Hennepin County, which has resulted in significant decreases in juvenile violent crime.

As Commander of the 2nd Precinct for the past 3 ½ years, Schafer is dedicated to building and strengthening community and business partnerships.

2nd Precinct Inspector – Bruce  Jensen
(Northeast and Southeast)

Inspector Bruce Jensen started with the MPD in 1993. While assigned to the 3rd Precinct as a patrol officer, he was awarded the Medal of Commendation twice. In 1999, he moved to the Traffic Unit and was recognized as the MPD Top DWI Officer in 2001 and 2002.

In 2003, he moved to the Criminal Investigations Division and was promoted to sergeant. He was assigned to the Minnesota Financial Crimes Task Force and continued to work in that capacity until January of 2011 when he was promoted to lieutenant and moved to the 2nd Precinct Middle Watch as the Shift Commander. In August of 2011, he was moved to the 2nd Precinct Investigative Unit as its commander. In that role, he was responsible for the Precinct Investigative Unit, the Community Response Team and the Crime Prevention Specialists.

Inspector Jensen holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Minnesota and served in the Minnesota Army National Guard as an Infantry Officer.

3rd Precinct Inspector – Michael Sullivan
(South)

Inspector Michael Sullivan started with Minneapolis Police Department in 1991. As a patrol officer, he worked in the 3rd and 5th Precincts as a 911 responder and in the Organized Crime Unit within the Repeat Offender Program. Sullivan was promoted to Sergeant in 1999 and was assigned to the 1st Precinct. He was then tasked with supervising the MPD Range, coordinating and developing all firearms training for the department.

He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2007 and was assigned to the 3rd Precinct as a Sector Lieutenant, acting as a community liaison for several neighborhoods. He then served as Lieutenant of the Juvenile Division overseeing Investigations, the School Resource Officer program, and the Juvenile Diversion program. In 2011, he was assigned to the Twin Cities Safe Streets Violent Gang Task Force, coordinating investigative efforts with the FBI and other federal agencies.

Inspector Sullivan has a degree in Criminal Justice / Law Enforcement, and is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Command and Staff College.

4th Precinct Inspector – Michael Kjos
(North)

Inspector Michael Kjos joined the Minneapolis Police Department in 1988. As a patrol officer, he worked in the 3rd Precinct, and in 2004, he was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to 1st Precinct. He oversaw the implementation of the SafeZone collaborative radio network, which provides a communication path between police officers and private security. Inspector Kjos was the direct supervisor of a multi-agency foot beat consisting of Minneapolis police officers, Hennepin County deputies, Metro Transit Police and Minnesota State Troopers. 

Inspector Kjos was transferred to the Training Unit in 2007, and for the past four years, Kjos has served as the Commander of the Business Technology Unit, overseeing all police technology initiatives, including the installation of digital video systems in patrol cars.

Inspector Kjos holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Mary’s University and an Associate degree from Alexandria Technical College. He is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police and the School of Staff and Command from Northwestern University.

5th Precinct Inspector – Anthony Diaz
(Southwest)

Inspector Tony Diaz began his police career at the age of 20 and worked uniformed patrol in the 5th precinct Bryant station from 1981 to 1984. In 1984, he was recruited to work the Robbery Decoy Unit conducting undercover street operations in high crime areas. From 1985 to 1987, Officer Diaz worked uniform patrol in the 2nd Precinct.

In 1987, Diaz was promoted to sergeant and was assigned to the 4th Precinct, where he spent the next nine years. In 1992, he was promoted to lieutenant and worked as a shift commander on the north side. In 1996, Diaz transferred to the Community Crime prevention SAFE Unit. In 2000, he became a sector Uniform Lieutenant, working the warehouse entertainment district in the 1st Precinct Downtown. He was also in charge of the Mounted Patrol Unit during his time in the 1st precinct.

From 2004 to 2010, Lieutenant Diaz worked in the Criminal Investigations Division as commander in both the assault investigations unit and the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team. In 2010, Lt. Diaz moved to the 5th Precinct as a shift commander and was in charge of the Community Response Team. 

 

Published Dec 17, 2012