Minneapolis, MN (September 30, 2015) Chief Harteau has appointed Bruce Folkens as the Minneapolis Police Department’s next Deputy Chief of Investigations. Folkens’ previous role with the Department was Commander of the Special Crimes Investigations Division.
“Deputy Chief Folkens has not only been successful and instrumental in leading our Special Crimes Investigations Division, he has greatly enhanced our juvenile diversion outreach efforts. His ability to lead and inspire officers, combined with his tireless efforts to connect with our community leaders and aggressively go after some of the city’s most violent offenders, make him a perfect fit for this position,” Chief Harteau said.
Under Folkens’ leadership, the MPD has doubled the number of men arrested from Guardian Angel Operations (sex trafficking) in 2015, and his unit has also rescued 13 girls from the sex trafficking trade so far this year, compared to 10 during the same time period last year. Also, domestic assault investigators have increased their case load over the past couple of years while managing to improve the unit’s charge rates.
Deputy Chief Folkens began his career in the 5th Precinct before working his way up through the ranks, which included long stays in our narcotics, gang and homicide units. Most recently he’s been in charge of Special Crimes, which includes domestic assault, crimes against children, sex crimes, traffic investigations, licensing, juvenile investigations and juvenile outreach diversion.
Troy Schoenberger has been named the Commander of the Leadership and Organizational Development Division, which serves as the foundation of MPD 2.0, focusing on the professional development of every employee at every level. He began his MPD career in 1998 as a Patrol Officer in the 3rd Precinct and holds the rare distinction of having served in all 5 of the department’s precincts. He has also worked in SAFE (Safety for Everyone/Community Crime Prevention/SAFE Unit), Problem Properties, Internal Affairs and most recently the FBI Safe Streets Violent Gang Task Force. In that role, Shoenberger helped lead the teams that recently secured federal indictments on several violent gang members in Minneapolis.
“Commander Shoenberger is an experienced cop and a proven leader who will now help us groom and grow the next generation of proud officers within the MPD. I am excited to see what we will accomplish after bringing his energy and input into the division,” Harteau said.
Building on the MPD 2.0 structure and goals, Chief Harteau is making the following moves in the management structure to intentionally develop MPD’s present and future leaders. These new assignments will enhance operations and bring new perspective and ideas to different divisions, furthering the Department’s mission to grow progressively and professionally.
Commander Jason Case will be leading the Internal Affairs Division.
Commander Christopher Granger will be leading the Violent Crimes Investigations Division.
Commander Catherine Johnson will be leading the Special Crimes Investigations Division.
The changes will be effective October 18th.
“I want to thank our incredible team of Commanders for their hard work and leadership in their previous positions. Their accomplishments have been recognized locally, nationally and internally. There is not a doubt in my mind that they will thrive in their new roles,” Chief Harteau concluded.