June 27th, 2017 (MINNEAPOLIS) Chief Janeé Harteau has appointed Aaron Biard as the new 4th Precinct Inspector. Biard will assume the role beginning August 20th when Inspector Mike Kjos assumes his new position as the Deputy Chief of the MPD’s Operations Bureau. Between now and August 20th, Lt. Biard will continue to prepare for his new role by working with Inspector Kjos as the “Daywatch” Lieutenant in the 4th Precinct, a job in which he’s excelled since April of last year.
“Aaron Biard has earned the respect of both the officers of the 4th Precinct and the countless neighborhood leaders who live and work in North Minneapolis. He is a proven leader, community builder and problem-solver and I have no doubt he will continue to carry on the successful neighborhood engagement and law enforcement initiatives that have reduced violent crime in the Precinct,” Chief Harteau said.
Lieutenant Biard has been a significant part of the team of hard-working officers that has reduced aggravated assaults on the Northside by 15% this year. Also, the number of illegally-possessed firearms taken off the streets of North Minneapolis (281) has increased 102% this year. In fact, total violent crime in the Precinct is down more than 8% while officer attendance at community engagement meetings is up 19% and “Foot Beats” are up 79% in 2017.
“Those positive numbers are not only a reflection of the tremendous work of our officers, it is also the result of stronger community involvement in keeping our streets safe. The number of victims with gunshot wounds in the Precinct has decreased by 34% year to date,” Chief Harteau remarked.
Aaron Biard has been with the Minneapolis Police Department since September of 1995 and has served the 1st, 3rd and 4thPrecincts. Recently he’s led the department’s In-Service Training Unit and he has also been in charge of asset management and training for SWAT officers. His well-rounded experience also includes assignments with the MPD’s Traffic Enforcement, Sex Crimes, and Police Activities League units. Biard holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice Studies from St. Cloud State University and has also completed two tours of active duty with the Minnesota National Guard.