Police chief and administration

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Overview

The Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) administration strives to 

  • Maintain employees' professional integrity
  • Create an organization with superior performance

The department has a decentralized command structure:

  • Chief
  • Assistant Chief
  • Chief of Staff
  • Deputy Chiefs
  • Precinct Inspectors
  • Commanders

Interim Chief Amelia Huffman

Inspector-Amelia-Huffman

Interim Chief Huffman brings a wealth of experience to her role. Her career highlights:

  • She joined the MPD in 1994.
  • She rose through the ranks with assignments in the 3rd and 5th Precincts, investigations and administration.
  • She served as an investigator in:
    • The Financial Crimes Unit
    • The Crimes Against Children Unit
    • Internal Affairs
  • She served as the Public Information Officer and commander of the Homicide and Licensing Units.
  • Huffman was promoted to the rank of Captain and commanded the Criminal Investigations Division before that rank was abolished in 2013.
  • She served as a patrol officer, member of the Community Response Team, shift lieutenant, and finally as the Inspector at the 5th Precinct.

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Deputy Chief of Patrol Erick Fors

Deputy Chief of Investigations Erick Fors

Deputy Chief of Patrol Erick Fors oversees patrol operations for the Minneapolis Police Department's (MPD's):

  • Five police precincts
  • Special Operations and Intelligence Division, which includes the
    • Emergency Preparedness Unit
    • Special Operations Unit
    • Strategic Information Center

Fors' career overview:

  • He joined the MPD in 1998.
  • He has worked in the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Precincts.
  • Fors has served in many roles, including:
    • Field Training Officer
    • Crisis Intervention Team member
    • Backgrounds Investigator
    • Juvenile Investigator
    • Homicide Investigator
  • Prior to being named Deputy Chief of Investigations, Fors was the Commander of the Violent Crimes Investigations Division. He led the Group Violence Intervention project and the Department’s U Visa Program. 

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Deputy Chief of lnvestigations Kathy Waite

Deputy Chief of Patrol Kathy Waite

Deputy Chief of Investigations Kathy Waite oversees the Minneapolis Police Department's (MPD’s) Investigative Bureau. The bureau:

  • Includes all investigative units under the Violent Crimes and Special Crimes Investigations Divisions.
  • Provides comprehensive investigative services, including
    • Case management
    • Victim support
    • Preparation of evidence for court

Deputy Chief Waite's career overview:

  • She joined the MPD in 1993.
  • She has served in a variety of roles, including Precinct Inspector in two precincts.
  • Waite held positions in the K9 Unit and the Crisis Negotiator Team.
  • She became an Inspector in 2013 in the 2nd Precinct. 
  • She also served as Inspector in the 5th Precinct.

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Inspector Bill Peterson

Inspector Bill Peterson

Inspector Bill Peterson commands the the Minneapolis Police Department's (MPD's) 1st Precinct. The 1st Precinct serves downtown Minneapolis and is headquarters to:

  • Patrol Officers
  • Precinct Investigations
  • Community Response Team
  • Community Crime Prevention / SAFE Teams
  • Mounted Patrol and Arson Units that provide citywide services

Inspector Peterson has served the citizens of Minneapolis since 1995. His career highlights include:

  • As an officer, he worked in the 3rd Precinct and the STOP Patrol Unit. He also was a member of the MPD’s SWAT Unit for 10 years.
  • He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2007 and served as an investigator in the Robbery Unit.
  • He was a street supervisor in the 4th Precinct and a supervisor in the Special Operations Division.
  • In 2015, Peterson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. He led Pre-Service Training and oversaw the Academy.
  • He transferred to the 1st Precinct and served as the day watch shift Lieutenant.

Inspector Peterson has an Associate of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Northland Community College. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Police Science from St. Mary’s University.

Read about the 1st Precinct

Inspector Sean McGinty

Inspector Sean McGinty

Inspector Sean McGinty commands the Minneapolis Police Department's (MPD’s) 2nd Precinct. This precinct is headquarters for

  • Patrol Officers
  • Precinct Investigations

Inspector McGinty began his career with the MPD in 1996. His career highlights include the following:

  • As an officer, he worked in the 4th Precinct and on the 4th Precinct Community Response Team.
  • In 2006, Inspector McGinty was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He worked as a street supervisor in the 3rd Precinct and as an investigator in the Robbery Unit.
  • In 2013, he was promoted to Lieutenant. He served as a patrol Lieutenant in both the 3rd and 4th Precincts. He later transferred to the Robbery Unit, where he supervised robbery investigations.
  • Beginning in 2015, McGinty served in the Strategic Information Center.
  • In 2019, he was promoted to Inspector of the 3rd Precinct.
  • In addition to his regular duties, he has commanded the distinguished MPD Honor Guard since 2015.

Read about the 2nd Precinct

Inspector Charlie Adams

Commander Charlie Adams

Inspector Charlie Adams commands the 4th Precinct. He previously served as the Commander of the Violent Crimes Investigations and the Procedural Justice divisions.

Inspector Adams began his MPD career in 1987. He has served in:

  • Four of the city’s five police precincts
  • The Juvenile Unit
  • The Homicide Unit
  • The Internal Affairs Unit

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Inspector Katie Blackwell

Commander Katie Blackwell

Inspector Katie Blackwell oversees the 5th Precinct, which encompasses the 20 neighborhoods in the southwest corner of the city.  

Inspector Blackwell's career highlights also include the following:

  • She began her career with the MPD in 2000 as a Community Service Officer.
  • She was a Lieutenant in the MPD’s Training Unit, where she:
    • Developed a comprehensive Leadership Course for recently promoted Sergeants and Lieutenants
    • Restructured the FTO program
    • Created FTO Development Courses
  • She most recently served as the Commander of the Training Division.

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Commander Jason Case

Commander Jason Case

Commander Jason Case oversees the MPD's Strategic Operations Division. The office analyzes policies and data to:

  • Create more effective strategies
  • Better manage department resources

Highlights from Commander Case's career:

  • He started with the MPD in the 2nd Precinct in 1997.
  • He worked in the 3rd and 4th Precincts.
  • Case was then promoted to serve as the Commander of the Leadership and Organizational Development Division (LODD). 
  • Next he served as the Commander in charge of the MPD’s Internal Affairs Division (IAD).
  • He then oversaw the department's Violent Crimes Investigations Division (VCID) before moving to his current leadership role.

Commander Travis Glampe

Commander Travis Glampe

Commander Travis Glampe began leading our Technology & Support Services Division in 2017. He focuses on department integrity and oversees a number of units, including:

  • Business Technology Unit
  • Intellectual Properties
  • Property and Evidence Unit
  • Fleet services
  • Records and Information Unit

Commander Glampe began his career with the MPD in 1995 as a patrol officer in the 3rd Precinct.

Commander Chris Granger

Police Commander Chris Granger

As the MPD's Administrative Services Division Commander, Chris Granger oversees:

  • The Body Worn Camera Quality Assurance Program
  • Health & Wellness
  • Research & Policy Development

Prior to his current role, Commander Granger was in charge of the Violent Crimes Investigations Division (VCID).

Other highlights from Commander Granger's career:

  • He started with the MPD in 1994 in the 5th Precinct.
  • He has held patrol and supervisor positions in the 4th Precinct.
  • Commander Granger was a member of the SWAT Team and the Homicide Unit.
  • He was tapped to lead the Internal Affairs Unit in 2013.

Commander James Novak

Commander James Novak oversees the Violent Crimes Investigations Division, which includes the following:

  • Assault
  • Robbery
  • Homicide

Commander Novak's additional career highlights:

  • He started his career in 1992 as a cadet. 
  • He served as a patrol officer in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Precincts and Director of the Police Activities League. 
  • As a lieutenant, he was a supervisor in the 1st Precinct and Juvenile Investigations Unit.
  • He has also worked and participated with the:
    • Police Community Review Panel
    • Restorative Justice Community Action Committee
    • Police and Community Fellowship Mediator
    • SWAT tactical team and crisis negotiator
  • He was a member of the Native American Law Enforcement Summit planning committee. 

Commander Giovanni Veliz

MPD Commander Giovanni Veliz

Commander Giovanni Veliz leads the Special Crimes Investigations Division (SCID), which includes the following:

  • Domestic Assault Unit
  • Sex Crimes Unit
  • Crimes Against Children Unit
  • Traffic Investigations
  • Licensing Unit

Commander Veliz' additional career highlights:

  • He started with the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) in 1992.
  • As an Officer, he has worked in the 3rd Precinct, 4th Precinct, Drug Enforcement Agency Task Force, Organized Crime Unit and the SAFE Unit.
  • In 1998, Commander Veliz was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. 
  • He worked in the SAFE Unit, 5th Precinct Community Response Team, Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Police, Mediation Compliance, 5th Precinct patrol supervisor and 5th Precinct Investigations.
  • After being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2011, Commander Veliz served at the 3rd Precinct as a patrol Lieutenant, Property Crimes Unit and Juvenile Outreach and Diversion Unit.
  • He also held the role of Executive Director for the Police Activities League and most recently served in the MPD’s new U Visa Program.

 

Director Shannon Johnson

Director Shannon Johnson

As Director of the Forensics Division, Shannon Johnson leads a unit of nine sworn officers and 27 civilian staff members. The Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) Crime Lab is one of only five accredited in Minnesota. Johnson's cohesive team collects evidence, develops leads and works with investigators to solve crimes. 

Lab sections include:

  • Firearms
  • Video
  • Computer forensics, including cell phones
  • Field operations
  • Fingerprinting
  • Photo lab
  • Forensic garage

Johnson joined the crime lab in 2006 as a forensic scientist in the field operations unit.

New leadership staff

  • Troy Schoenberger, Deputy Chief of Professional Standards
  • Christopher Gaiters, Chief of Staff
  • Jose Gomez, 3rd Precinct Inspector
  • David Garman, Training Division Commander
  • Brian Sand, Internal Affairs Commander

Contact us

Minneapolis Police Department

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City Hall
350 Fifth St. S., Room 130
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Office hours

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Monday – Friday

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Amelia Huffman

Interim Chief

Minneapolis Police Department

Address

City Hall
350 Fifth St. S.
Room 130 
Minneapolis, MN 55415-1389

Erick Fors

Deputy Chief Patrol Bureau

Minneapolis Police Department

Address

City Hall
350 Fifth St. S.
Room 130 
Minneapolis, MN 55415-1389

Kathy Waite

Deputy Chief Investigations Bureau

Minneapolis Police Department

Address

City Hall
350 Fifth St. S.
Room 130 
Minneapolis, MN 55415-1389