Community Navigators, Chaplains and Chief’s Councils

Community Navigators

Public safety is not just policing. In recognition of this, the Minneapolis Police Department has added a new, transformational element to our service delivery model: Community Navigators. 

Each year, the MPD responds to approximately 500,000 calls for service. Every day, the MPD is called to respond to situations that are not solely law enforcement situations – where patrol officers may not always be the most appropriate response.This gap in service is where the MPD utilizes Community Navigators

These challenging times present an incredible opportunity to create a new culture within the Minneapolis Police Department. Through cultural and issue-specific lenses, and with the support of MPD’s Procedural Justice Unit, Community Navigators address gaps in the department’s service delivery that present barriers to building trust. The Community Navigators also serve as a resource to patrol officers.

Community Navigators provide support with building community trust and confidence in the MPD by:

  • Assisting in the delivery of services
  • Growing traditional and non-traditional partnerships
  • Serving as a resource for community members and MPD
  • Generating and recommending workable solutions for police/community issues and concerns.

Broderick “Bo” Powell – African American Community Navigator

Broderick (Bo) Powell, born and raised in Flint, Michigan, where he was a standout Basketball Player at Flint Northwestern High School.  He then went on to Play college basketball at Iowa Central Community College and the University of North Dakota where he received many honors and became an All-Conference Player as well.  He received his degree in Parks and Recreation with an inference on Urban Recreation.

After playing professionally in Europe, Bo built his career in higher education, coaching, and mentorship. With a driving passion to support youth and community, Bo was instrumental in the work of many well-known organizations such as University of Minnesota, Boy Scouts of America, North Point Health and Wellness, Salvation Army, City of Minnetonka, Crystal, Brooklyn Park, and Minneapolis, MN.  Bo has over 25 years of experience working within K-12 as a Dean of Students, Equity Specialist, and an Assistant Administrator. Bo is Currently the boys’ basketball coach at Robbinsdale Cooper High School and Community Navigator for the Minneapolis Police Department.

Cecelia “CeCe” Rude – Intimate Partner/Domestic Violence Community Navigator

Cecelia Rude is the current intimate partner violence community navigator with the Minneapolis Police Department. She assists individuals who have experienced some type of domestic or sexual violence access resources and support within Minneapolis. She has been in this role for just over six months. Previous to coming to the police department, Cecelia was a legal advocate for a non-profit, where she spent approximately five years advocating for both domestic and sexual violence victims in Hennepin County courts. She has mass experience advocating for victims in both criminal and civil court matters, along with juvenile court as well. Cecelia has also done work in a battered woman’s shelters and spent time working aboard in Uganda, African assisting victims in a hospital setting. Cecelia thoroughly enjoys working with survivors and does her best to connect them to the wide array of resources in Minneapolis.

Katie Miller – LGBTQIA+ Community Navigator

“I am grateful to have worked for many years directly with youth in out-of-home placement and youth experiencing homelessness. A great deal of what I know and what guides my work was developed from my direct service years.  The youth I was privileged to work alongside were my true teachers. They provided me with a depth of knowledge and insight that has shaped how I engage with others.  Subsequently I held several non-profit management and administrator roles at various agencies serving people experiencing homelessness.  In these roles I oversaw programming and staff development.

I am honored to now hold the position of LGBTQIA+ Community Navigator for the Minneapolis Police Department. I believe in the mission and vision of the MPD.  I am proud to live in Minneapolis with my partner of 20 years and our two curious, inquisitive and amazing children.” – Katie Miller

Cecilia Robbins – LatinX Community Navigator

Cecilia Robbins –  MPD Latinx Community Navigator. Latina to the core, Cecilia began her work with vulnerable communities at a very young age while in Medical School during the 90’s, time in which her native country of Colombia was in a devastating war caused by guerrillas and drug cartels. She graduated as a Medical Doctor (MD) and directed her work towards the poor by doing preventative medical care for children and women in neighborhoods and areas with limited access to healthcare in Bogota, the capital of Colombia. During this time Cecilia also earned a Masters’ degree in Hospital Management and Occupational Health.

In 2004, Cecilia arrived in Minnesota and became a Spanish Medical Interpreter at HCMC. She also became a Certified Community Interpreter, patient advocate, cultural broker and most importantly discovered that her calling was working with the Community. She worked as an interpreter for 9 years and moved onto the non-profit sector where she assisted low income families and individuals in breaking the barriers to achieve success and fighting to eliminate hunger and poverty through outreach, education and resource sharing.  Her passion became advocacy for immigrants.

Besides sharing time with her husband and dog, during her free time Cecilia actively works with her Latinx people, volunteering as a Colombian folkloric dancer, Interpreting and translating for the limited English proficient, and as a Cancer survivor, giving support, information and resources to her “Pink Sisters”

Deanna Beaulieu – Native American Community Navigator

Deanna Beaulieu is an enrolled member of the White Earth Nation of Ojibwe. She was born and raised in South Minneapolis. Growing up in the Native American community has allowed her to work to best meet the needs of the people who live in this city in her previous work as a Community Health Outreach Worker for the Native American Community Clinic. Most recently, her work as the SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator at the University of Minnesota has helped her to build multi-layered networks among many organizations that serve Native American people in our communities. She is passionate about working with people in the community to improve accessibility to services or resources to help people help themselves. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, bike-riding, cooking, streaming music and movies.

Mohamed A. Mohamed – East African/Somali Community Navigator

Mohamed A. Mohamed, originally from Somalia, grew up in Columbus, Ohio and recently moved to Minneapolis, MN. He went to Ohio State University, graduating with B.A in International Relations in 2011. 

He has recently transferred from another unit within MPD where he worked as a Police Support Technician. Mohamed has worked extensively with various community organizations, providing outreach services and advocacy.  

Mohamed has previously served at Wright Patterson AFB, in the 711/Human Performance Wing and also served honorably with Army National Guard in Ohio. 

He enjoys running, reading and hiking in his spare time. Mohamed is looking forward to be a part of the wonderful workforce of the City of Minneapolis and help out with providing services to the community.

Glenn L. Burt, Jr. – Multi-Strategy Project Coordinator – Supervisor Community Navigators Unit

Glenn L. Burt, Jr. is the Multi-Strategy Project Coordinator for the Minneapolis Police Department. In addition, he also supervises the Community Navigator Unit. Mr. Burt previously lead the MPD’s National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice Procedural Justice efforts; served as a primary participant in the landmark 2003 Federal Mediation Agreement and spearheaded the adaptation of all Minneapolis Police Department documents and signage to serve Limited English Proficiency (LEP) community members. He has also served as a Community Service Officer, Analyst, Chief’s Assistant and Statistician. His efforts have shown a deep commitment to building, repairing and fostering trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.


The MPD announced the details on its new “Community Chaplain Program” on September 18th, 2014. This program helps the Department increase trust by improving our connections with the communities we serve. The 13 member team is made up of a cross-section of religious and cultural leaders who will greatly enhance relationships between residents and the city’s 5 police precincts. Chaplains attend community meetings, participate in “ride-alongs” with Officers in their dedicated precincts and respond to critical incident scenes.

BrettMillerBrett Miller

SeanLeeSean Lee

NathanielOrrNathaniel Orr

MakramEl-AminMakram El-Amin

LindaKoelmanLinda Koelman

BrucePinkeBruce Pinke

JoanAustinJoan Austin

DaveLarsonDave Larson

DaveEngmanDave Engman

CharlesGrahamCharles Graham

CarlValdez Carl Valdez

AlmaLangley-WardAlma Langley-Ward


Citizen Advisory Council

The Chief’s Citizens Advisory Council acts as a resource for the Chief, helping with the formation of strategies, development of community policing concepts, and improving public awareness about MPD initiatives. The committee provides a forum for discussions and provides the Chief with a broad spectrum of viewpoints represented by committee members. The invaluable input helps the MPD improve community relations and community engagement.

Citizens Advisory Council Meeting Minutes

May 13, 2015 Notes

June 10, 2015 Notes

July 8, 2015 Notes

August 2015  – Met independently – no MPD  staff present.  No notes provided

September 9, 2015 – Notes

October 21, 2015

November 17, 2015

December 9, 2015

January 13, 2016 

February 10, 2016 

March 9, 2016

April 13, 2016

May 11, 2016

June 8, 2016

July 13, 2016

September 14, 2016

October 12, 2016

Nov 9, 2016

January 18, 2017

March 22, 2017

May 17, 2017

August 23, 2017


The Chief’s Youth Advisory Council is a group of young adults who work with the Chief on defining issues and improving youth input on police-community relations. The young men and women selected are leaders in their schools and neighborhoods who now have the opportunity to have their voices heard, directly from the Chief of Police. This group works in conjunction with the MPD’s partners at YouthLink, the Downtown Improvement District, the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board, and Pillsbury United Communities.