Retirement prompts Police Department command staff changes

The retirement of Deputy Chief Valerie Wurster, who has commanded the Investigations Bureau since 2006, prompted several Police Department command staff changes:

In his new role in the Investigations Bureau, Allen will be responsible for all investigations, forensics and support services for the Police Department. Allen joined the Minneapolis Police Department in early 1989 as a cadet and was promoted to patrol officer in December 1989. During his tenure as a sergeant, he developed a citywide crime reduction strategy. In his role as Inspector of the First Precinct, he was instrumental in the development of the downtown business community SafeZone partnership. In 2006, he was appointed as a Deputy Chief and has commanded the Patrol Bureau which encompasses all 911 response and emergency services units.

Allen often consults with other police agencies in developing crime reduction strategies. Recently, he worked with the Jamaica Constabulary Force in developing crime analysis and response strategies for neighborhoods in the Kingston area. He has also traveled to Israel to work with the national police in order to develop better protocols for terrorist incident response.

In her new role as a Deputy Chief, Janeé Harteau will be taking over the Patrol Bureau from Deputy Chief Allen. Harteau previously served as the Inspector commanding the First Precinct. As the Patrol Bureau commander, she will be responsible for all of the MPD’s 911 response personnel and the department’s emergency services units.

Harteau joined the Minneapolis Police Department in 1987 as a patrol officer and worked in the Third and Fourth Precincts. In 1998, she was promoted to sergeant and was assigned to the Narcotics, Organized Crime and Gang Units. In 2004, she was promoted to lieutenant and commanded the Crime Lab, the Licensing Unit and was a sector lieutenant in the First Precinct. In 2006, she was appointed as the Inspector of the First Precinct where she has worked to formalize the SafeZone collaborative and served as the president of its board of directors until July of this year. As the First Precinct Inspector she has long been a proponent of strong public/private partnerships to strengthen public safety downtown. Among those partnerships was the creation of the Block E station, the Fusion center and the Downtown Courtwatch program for which the MPD has won an international community policing award.

Arneson is moving from the Fifth Precinct Inspector to the Inspector for the First Precinct which encompasses downtown Minneapolis. Arneson began with the MPD as a patrol officer in 1986. In 1990, she was promoted to sergeant where she worked in the Second Precinct as a street supervisor, the Fifth Precinct as a supervisor of the Community Response Team and as the Administrative Assistant to Chiefs Laux and Olson. Later she served an investigator in the Homicide Unit. In 1998 she was promoted to the rank of lieutenant where she served in the Third Precinct as a sector lieutenant and as the commander of Third Precinct Community Response Team.

Frizell has been appointed as the Inspector of the MPD’s Fifth Precinct which encompasses the southwest region of the city. Inspector Eddie Frizell began his career with the MPD as a cadet in July 1993 and was promoted to patrol officer in January of 1994.  He served as a patrol officer in the Third Precinct patrol and Community Response Team and later in the Recruitment Unit and the First Precinct Community Response Team before being promoted to sergeant in 2000.  As a sergeant he served in the Domestic Assault Unit and the Internal Affairs Unit as an investigator and as a patrol supervisor in the Fourth Precinct.  He also served as the Mediation Compliance Sergeant and as a part-time supervisor in the Mounted Patrol and as a SWAT Hostage Negotiator.  In 2007 he was promoted to lieutenant and served in the Fifth Precinct as a sector lieutenant and at the Police Academy as the Pre-Service commander.  He was a detailed Captain and Mobile Field Force Division commander during the Republican National Convention. 

Published Sep. 1, 2009