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Chief Arradondo Announces Leadership Appointments

December 18, 2020 (MINNEAPOLIS) – Chief Arradondo is pleased to announce the placement of the following personnel in his command staff:

Henry Halvorson – Assistant Chief

Henry Halvorson started his Minneapolis Police Department career as a cadet in the Police Academy in 1992. He has served as a patrol officer in the 2nd and 3rd Precincts, and as an investigator in Public Housing, Sex Crimes and Internal Affairs. As a Lieutenant he has been a supervisor in both the 1st Precinct and the Internal Affairs Unit. Nationally, he has also been a leader with the Native American Law Enforcement Summit (NALES). Deputy Chief Halvorson has led many of the internal aspects of the Department, including Training, Internal Affairs, Records Information, Property and Evidence, and the Community Service Officer Program.  Deputy Chief Halverson attended and graduated the FBI National Academy in 2015 and holds a Masters Degree in Police Leadership from St. Thomas University.

Amelia Huffman – Deputy Chief of the Professional Standards Bureau

Inspector Amelia Huffman most recently commanded the 5th Precinct which encompasses the 20 neighborhoods in the southwest corner of the city. Huffman has a long history with the 5th Precinct, working there in her first assignment as a patrol officer, as a member of the Community Response Team and as a shift Lieutenant. She brings a wealth of experience to this role. After joining the MPD in 1994, she rose through the ranks in a variety of assignments in the 3rd and 5th Precincts, investigations and administration. She served as an investigator in the Financial Crimes Unit, Crimes Against Children Unit, and Internal Affairs as well as the Public Information Officer and the Commander of the Homicide and Licensing Units. She was promoted to the rank of Captain and commanded the Criminal Investigations Division before that rank was abolished in 2013.  Inspector Huffman earned a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and a master’s degree from Stephens College.

Charlie Adams – Inspector of the 4th Precinct

Charlie Adams leaves the role as Commander of our Violent Crimes Division (VCID). Previous to taking on this role, he was the Commander of the MPD’s Community and Collaborative Advancement Division. Commander Adams began his MPD career in 1987 and he’s served in 4 of the city’s 5 police precincts, the Juvenile Unit, the Homicide Unit and the Internal Affairs Unit. As Commander of the VCID, Adams oversaw a division which includes, but is not exclusive to, homicide, robbery and assault.

Katie Blackwell – Inspector of the 5th Precinct

Katie Blackwell was most recently the Commander of the Training Unit and oversaw the department’s In-Service Training, Academy, Field Training Officer (FTO) Program, Recruitment and Backgrounds, Call Center, Police Athletic League, Homeless and Vulnerable Population, Procedural Justice Program, and Leadership and Professional Development Programs.  She most recently served as a Lieutenant in the MPD’s Training Unit where she created and developed a comprehensive Leadership Course for recently promoted Sergeants and Lieutenants, restructured the FTO program and developed FTO Development Courses.  She began her career with the MPD as a Community Service Officer in 2000 and has served in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Precincts.  She was an investigator in the Assault Unit, Violent Crimes Investigations Team, Homicide Unit, Sex Crimes, the Violent Offender Task Force, Safe Streets Unit and Community Response Teams.  Blackwell took on secondary assignment and was a supervisor on the the Crisis Negotiations Team. 

Commander Blackwell is a 23-year Veteran of the Minnesota Army National Guard and is currently assigned as the 34th Infantry Division’s, Headquarters of the Headquarters Battalion, Command Sergeant Major.  She deployed as part of a NATO peacekeeping force in Bosnia-Herzegovina and deployed to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  She was awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

Blackwell has her B.S. in Police Science and an M.A. in Public Safety Administration from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.  She is also a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command.

James Novak – Commander of the Violent Crimes Investigative Division (VCID)

Commander James Novak started his career with the Minneapolis Police Department in 1992 as a cadet in the Police Academy. He has served as a patrol officer in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Precincts, and as a Director of the Police Activities League, which focuses on mentoring and building relationships with youth. As a Lieutenant, he has been a supervisor in the 1st Precinct and Juvenile Investigations Unit, which included working with the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, and other law enforcement agencies to address the increased number of violent crimes. He has also worked and participated with the Police Community Review Panel, Office of Police Conduct Review, Restorative Justice Community Action Committee, Police and Community Fellowship Mediator, SWAT Tactical team and Crisis Negotiator, Driving Instructor, and a Fitness Coordinator. He was also a Native American Law Enforcement Summit planning committee member and Free Speech Liaison for the Republican National Convention. He holds a master’s degree in organizational management from Concordia University and is a graduate of the Southern Police Institutes 117th Administrative Officers Course. 

Darcy Horn – Commander of the Training Division

Commander Darcy Horn joined MPD in 1996.  Over 15 years of experience in the Patrol Bureau including 911 response and neighborhood beats.  Secondary unit experience on the Mounted Patrol, coordinating with street supervisors to effectively manage bar closes downtown. Her investigative experience in plain clothes operations for the Community Response Team at the precinct level for narcotics investigations and prostitution details.  Two years of experience investigating domestic assaults and stalking cases.  As a core member of a team who worked closely with the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice to develop and implement training on Procedural Justice and Implicit Bias in the Minneapolis Police Department.  This work is based on the Pillars developed by President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.  This training was also developed and given to members of the community.  For 18 months, she served as Public Information Officer where she was responsible for giving public data to members of local, regional, and national media.  This included representing the Minneapolis Police Department when it hosted the Super Bowl in 2018.  This experience also included many public speaking events throughout the community.  In September of 2019, she was promoted to the Lieutenant of the Sex Crimes Unit where she oversaw the teams investigating sexual assaults, stalking, child pornography, indecent exposure solicitation cases, predatory offenders and human trafficking.

These appointments become effective in 2021.

We thank those who have served in these positions with dedication and integrity previously.  Please enjoy your well-deserved retirements! 

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