Sgt. Ann Kjos
My name is Ann Kjos and I am a Sergeant with the Minneapolis Police Department. I started my police career with MPD back in 1988. During those 18 plus years, I have been lucky enough to work in a variety of positions but started out like everyone else in a squad car. Those first five years were some of the best years of my career. I was new and eager to learn every aspect of Law Enforcement. It was during those years I learned to communicate and understand the community I was working with.
In late 1993, I was asked to come to the MPD Narcotics Unit. This amazing opportunity taught me how to be a detailed, organized investigator and allowed me to carry a case from beginning to end. This would include starting with a bit of information from an informant, developing that information into factual evidence against a drug dealer and having that person charged in either state or federal court. With drug cases, your job doesn’t end there. As the investigator in charge of the case, you work closely with the prosecutors and a multitude of other agencies throughout the court proceedings with it all ending in (hopefully) a conviction.
I was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1996 and went back to patrol as a street supervisor. Again, my experiences as a Narcotics investigator allowed me to be a better supervisor. With an understanding of what a prosecutable case needs, I was able to help the officers I worked with complete accurate, quality reports and make better arrests. Other aspects of being a street sergeant are being in charge of large scale crime scenes and supervising the day to day activities of the officers on my shift.
I have recently transferred back to the Investigative Bureau working in the Homicide Unit. I am very new to the unit but have already discovered the value of details, organization, communication skills, understanding and empathy, as well as the ability to work amazingly long, fast pace hours with little sleep.
My formal education consists of 2 years at Alexandria Law Enforcement School after graduating from high school. I believe I have had a very successful career not because of my formal education but because within every position I held in this department, I learned skills and tools to assist me.
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Last updated Sep. 27, 2011