Community Services 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.
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.
Violent Offender's Task Force Officer
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.
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 Flesland oversees this division and also serves as the Public Information Officer (PIO). He grew up in neighboring Brooklyn Park and after graduating from Park Center High School spent several years in the US Navy, both as an enlisted sailor and as a commissioned officer. Commander Flesland was hired by the Brooklyn Center Police Department in August 2000 and began working as a patrol officer. In January 2004, Commander Flesland was promoted to Detective and worked in that role until being selected for and promoted to Sergeant in September 2010. As a Patrol Sergeant, Garett spent most of his time on dog watch working at night, although he did spend a little time as a Training Sergeant as well as a day watch Sergeant.
Patrol Commander Gruenig oversees the division. Commander Gruenig has been with the Brooklyn Center Police Department since 2002 and throughout his career he has held several positions. Commander Gruenig has served as a patrol officer, Northwest Metro Drug Task Force officer, Violent Offender Task Force officer, Emergency Operations Unit (EOU) member, assistant team leader, Sergeant, Field Training Officer, and commander in charge of EOU. Commander Gruenig has a Bachelor of Science in Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice from South Dakota State University.