Scott J. Dahlquist retired after 26 years of “outstanding service to the Minneapolis Police Department” (at least that’s what his retirement plaque says) on May 17, 2014, after serving primarily as a patrol officer in the 4th Precinct, but also successfully completing short term assignments in the Robbery, Sex Crimes, Juvenile, Financial Crimes, and Precinct Investigative Units; as well as serving in the SAFE Unit and for two years as the 4th Precinct’s CODEFOR coordinator.
I find that retirement suits me well. I am active with volunteer activities with my church and Boy Scouts, and work occasionally as a program assistant with the law enforcement program at Hennepin Technical College. As a program assistant I assist the instructors by role playing in a scenario they design, and then offer feedback to the students about their performance.
During my career I came really close to shooting a person only once; two drunks started fighting each other in front of 1010 Currie when one of them pulled out a knife and was about to stab the other, I ordered him to drop his knife at gunpoint, and he did. I then arrested him for a felony assault, but he was only charged with a misdemeanor when the “victim” couldn’t be located. Also, I was attacked by large dogs three separate times, firing a total of five rounds from my handgun, killing two and wounding one.
One of my most favorite memories: I was part of an arrest team for a protest at the federal court house against the second gulf war. About two dozen students sat down and refused to leave, and were then arrested and put on an MTC bus in buildings garage to be transported to the jail. I was on the bus with them, and after the initial tension subsided they began to sing various protest songs. One of them invited me to sing along, and I replied “I‘ve taken the Queen’s shilling lad, wouldn’t be appropriate for me to do so.” If you want me to explain the historical context of this remark I would be glad to do so.
Advice for someone just starting out: There are four distinct areas that threats to your career and life can come from, and that all have to be managed differently.
The first is of course the external threats; people who will try and hurt or kill with you guns, knives, hands, feet, cars, blunt instruments, and various other devices. There is a great deal of information out there about how to recognize and deal with these, read up on them.
The second area is your own department. There may come a time in your career where your interest and theirs are in conflict. Avoid this as much as possible by doing your best to ensure that your actions are in compliance with the law, department policy, the latest court rulings about what constitutes reasonable behavior, and the work direction of your supervisors (caution: the longer you are on the more irksome that last will become as people with far less experience and sometimes less ability are promoted over you). If it can’t be avoided, then some things can only be endured with as much dignity and grace as you can muster, and realizing that although you may not be able to make a situation better, it always possible to make it worse.
The third is your own co-workers. You will find some really great brothers and sisters in arms, you will take a bullet for them, and they will take one for you; you will also encounter a few great schmucks, who will only be revealed after fact. This is perhaps the hardest threat to deal with of all.
The last is your own internal landscape. The path of least resistance is to give into bitterness, despair, and cynicism; and to seek solace in alcohol, drugs, and/or personally reckless behavior. Try and find something away from the job that gives you hope and a positive outlook, for this job and any police department will slowly grind the positive out of you.
Lastly, remember that as important as this job is and as important as you think you are, the only thing any us are destined to be is a picture on a wall and a bit player in someone else’s war story.
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After more than 20 years of service to Minneapolis, Officer Kim Hedberg has retired. He spent 10 years working on the north side, and 10 years working downtown. Over the years the most memorable moments for Officer Hedberg have come from the friends he has made.
For those just beginning their service, he recommends being safe and “covering your ass”! For retirement, Officer Hedberg plans to be healthy and move to Costa Rica. If you would like to contact him, you can reach him at email@example.com.
Thank you for so many years of service to the city and enjoy your next chapter!
After more than 25 years of service, all in uniform, to the Minneapolis Police Department, Sergeant Robert Glasrud has recently retired. He spent 14 years working in the 3rd Precinct, 5 years in the Traffic Unit, and 6 years in the 2nd Precinct.
To recruits just beginning their careers, Sgt. Glasrud advises you treat everyone like you want to be treated, and also to enjoy working with your partners. He also recommends keeping a journal and taking pictures.
After missing lots of things due to his work schedule, Sgt. Glasrud plans to spend time with family and spend time at his cabin.
If you would like to reach out to him, you can send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks to Sgt. Glasrud for so many years of dedicated service to Minneapolis and enjoy retirement!
After 28 years with the Minneapolis Police Department, Sergeant Marvin “Boomer” Schumer recently retired from service. During his time with the Department, Sgt. Schumer worked in the 4th and 5th Precincts in Traffic and Domestic, as well as the 4th Precinct in Property Crimes. His most memorable moments were answering 911 calls in the 4th Precinct during the first 12 years of his career.
For the new recruits just beginning their careers, Sgt. Schumer recommends you work hard, stay alert, and protect yourself and your partner. He also suggests you contribute to Deferred Comp immediately.
Sgt. Schumer recently moved into a new home in Big Lake and while he hopes to stay in touch with the coppers, his plans for retirement don’t include working at all.
If you would like to contact him, you can reach him via email at email@example.com.
Many thanks to Sgt. Schumer on nearly three decades of service to the Minneapolis Police Department and enjoy retirement in your new home!
After more than 26 years with the Minneapolis Police Department, Sergeant Steve Wickelgren has retired from service. He has worked in a variety of areas, including Patrol in the 2nd Precinct, DTC and R&D in the 3rd Precinct, OCU, Career Enrichment in training and narcotics and bomb/arson, Police Assistance Program, Juvenile Unit and as a DTC Sergeant.
One of Sgt. Wickelgren’s most memorable moments on the job was when he had to fight with someone for 5 minutes while they were holding a gun.
He advises that new recruits slow down and take as much time with your family as you do for your job, or even more than that.
Sgt. Wickelgren’s plans for retirement include continuing to work part-time for his private practice, leastservices.com. If you would like to reach out to him, you can contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks, Sgt. Wickelgren, for so many years of dedicated service and enjoy your retirement!
Sergeant John Holthusen spent 24 years serving the Minneapolis Police Department and has recently retired. He had a busy career, working in the 3rd Precinct in Mids, Dogs, and Property Crimes; in the 4th Precinct in Mids and Dogs; in the 5th Precinct in the C-shift, and CCP/Safe Unit; in addition to work in licensing, CCP/Safe Unit, Child Abuse Unit, Homicide Unit, Assault Unit, and Crimes Against Children Unit. He also had secondary assignments in the SWAT Unit – Negotiation Team, Mentor Program, and Peer Team.
Some of Sgt. Holthusen’s most memorable moments working for the Police Department include: working with really great partners, getting promoted to Sergeant, being a SWAT negotiator, working as a homicide investigator, solving the murder of a 5-year-old girl, and being in charge of the Crimes Against Children’s Unit.
He believes new recruits should embrace change and challenges and strive to be the very best. He also recommends that those just starting out not worry about the brass or politics, and instead just be a proud member of the MPD. And finally he advises that you stay positive and retire young.
As for retirement plans, Sgt. Holthusen is looking forward to being with family and friends, relaxing, and doing all the things he didn’t have time to do while he was on the job.
We congratulate Sgt. Holthusen on so many years of service to the Department and we hope you enjoy your retirement!
After 27 years of service to the Minneapolis Police Department, Sergeant Garry Wehr is retiring. During his long career, he served in the 2nd, 4th and 5th Precinct patrols, Narcotics, and Homicide.
Sgt. Wehr’s most memorable moment from his time with the Department was the 35W bridge collapse. He advises new recruits to not let the politics get you down. He believes you should work hard, have fun, and take care of each other.
With his newfound free time, Sgt. Wehr plans to golf, fish, work out, and sleep in when he wants. If you would like to reach out to him, you can give him a call at (763)-355-2973, or send him an email at email@example.com.
Congratulations on 27 years of service to the city of Minneapolis and best of luck in your next chapter!
Officer Terri Wieland spent 28 years serving the Minneapolis Police Department, and has recently retired. During her time with the Department, she worked in the 4th and 5th Precincts, in Traffic Enforcement, and as a Range Officer.
What Officer Wieland will remember most from her time in the Department is the great partners and friends she made. She will also remember working the North side on the power shift!
She recommends that new recruits and those just starting their careers keep a journal. Officer Wieland has lots of plans for her next chapter, including getting married, getting her first house, and motorcycle riding touring America.
If you would like to contact Officer Wieland, you can reach her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone (612)-747-1668.
Thank you, Officer Wieland, for your many years of service in the Minneapolis Police Department and best wishes on your busy next chapter!
After 16 years of service to the Minneapolis Police Department, Officer Jim Nelson is retiring. During his time he served in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Precincts, as well as the Traffic Unit.
Some of Officer Nelson’s most memorable moments come from the day-to-day 911 patrol with his partners, and he believes the best memories will come from the relationships you build with your coworkers.
To the new recruits, he recommends that you simply enjoy your time on the job. Don’t stress over the drama you can’t control. He also says to do whatever you need to make every shift as enjoyable as possible because it’s a great job!
Outside of his work with the Department, Officer Nelson is the owner and broker of Timber Ghost Realty, a company that helps people buy and sell real estate in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Timber Ghost consists of several retired military and law enforcement officers, and it offers a cop discount. Now that he has retired, he will spend his time working with the realty company.
If you would like to contact Officer Nelson, you can reach him at (651)-325-1384 or email@example.com. If you would like more information on Timber Ghost Realty, visit www.timberghostrealty.com.
Thank you to Officer Nelson for your years of service and good luck in your new endeavors!
Officer Mike Antonson recently retired from service to the Minneapolis Police Department after 25 years and ten months. He spent his time with the Department working in the 3rd Precinct and 2nd Precinct – Patrol.
Now that he is retired, he plans to work for Timber Ghost Realty, and if you are interested in contacting him, you can reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (612)-919-9162.
We hope Officer Antonson enjoys the next chapter in his life and we appreciate all he has done for the city of Minneapolis!