Minneapolis Police lieutenant wins national honor

The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), a national police executive group, has honored Lt. Bryan Schafer of the Minneapolis Police Department with the Gary P. Hayes Memorial Award for outstanding leadership. He was recognized for his work in revamping the department’s response to juvenile justice. The Gary P. Hayes Award was presented to Lt. Schafer in Washington, D.C on March 26 at the organization’s annual meeting.

The award, given annually, is presented to an up-and-coming law enforcement professional whose character, leadership and commitment to better policing embody the ideals of PERF’s first executive director, Gary P. Hayes.

Lt. Schafer has been instrumental in the re-establishment of the Juvenile Division to its current status as a model for other agencies through its unique partnerships and programs. In 2006, the department reinstated the Juvenile Division under the leadership of Lt. Schafer to deal with emerging trends of juvenile violent crime. As a result of great strides to curb youth violence through such programs as the Juvenile Supervision Center for low level offenders, the Juvenile Crime Apprehension, juvenile violent crime in 2008 was down 44 percent as compared to 2006.

This is the second time a member of the Minneapolis police force has won this prestigious international award. Assistant Chief Sharon Lubinski received the award in 2002.

March 27, 2009

Published Mar 26, 2009