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Investigations Division
Cdr. Richard Gabler
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Richard Gabler
Commander - Investigations Division

6645 Humboldt Ave N
Brooklyn Center, MN  55430

Direct: (763) 503-3204
Main: (763) 569-3333
Fax: (763) 561-0717

This unit provides follow-up investigation to criminal incidents and major cases, and then presents cases for charging to the city or county attorney. The Brooklyn Center Police Department has five investigators specializing in specific crime types as well as general case investigations.

Northwest Metro Drug Task Force
The Division has one member who participates in the Northwest Metro Drug Task Force (NWMDTF) partnering with other Hennepin County agencies. 

Violent Offender's Task Force
In addition, the Division has one member who participates in the Violent Offender’s Task Force (VOTF) partnering with other Hennepin County agencies. This task force targets violent offenders and assists with crimes of violence.

Juvenile Crime Unit
The Division also has a Juvenile Crime Unit that consists of a juvenile enforcement officer, a school resource officer, and a civilian case manager. They are responsible for case management and referrals for juvenile offenders.

Auto Theft Prevention Officer
Lastly, with funding from a grant, the Division has an Auto Theft Prevention Officer who specializes in auto theft related crimes.

Investigations Commander Gabler oversees this Division and has been serving the Brooklyn Center Community since 2005. As an patrol officer, Commander Gabler served as an Explorer Adviser, Field Training Officer, Assistant Team Leader for the EOU Team and was assigned to the Street Crimes Unit.  Commander Gabler was promoted to Patrol Sergeant in 2010 and also served as the department's Training Sergeant.  Rick holds a Master's Degree in Public Safety and Law Enforcement Leadership  from the University of St. Thomas and also has a Bachelor's Degree in Law Enforcement from Metropolitan State University where he received the Outstanding Student Award.