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Fryer and 1971 Squad Car
Brooklyn Center Police Historian

6645 Humboldt Ave N
Brooklyn Center, MN  55430

Main: (763) 569-3333
Fax: (763) 561-0717

The Officers of the Brooklyn Center Police Department have been bravely and proudly serving this city since 1953. Bob Cahlander was promoted from elected Constable to appointed Marshal, and after already serving the city for 20 years, he was then appointed the first Chief of Police for Brooklyn Center.

With Chief Cahlander’s dedication as a model, your current Police Department has 47 diverse officers serving with integrity, compassion, and fairness. Brooklyn Center Police officers not only fight crime, but they give of themselves, focusing on children in the community. Some officers run the annual BC Safety Academy, read to and mentor children, and help teenagers explore careers in public service through the Police Explorers’ program. In addition to their regularly assigned job duties, officers participate in many self-initiated volunteer activities and events in the community including many fund raising events for Special Olympics Minnesota, school safety patrol appreciation and fellow Emergency Responders in need. 

The past 60 years have brought new faces and new technology to the Brooklyn Center Police Department. However, police staff continue to boldly provide services with the same commitment to excellence, whether responding to a call or otherwise serving the community.

Seeking Old Photos and Documents
A collection of historic photos is being created to document the rich history of the Brooklyn Center Police Department.  Please consider sending your photos to the Police Department for digital preservation. The originals with be returned upon request. 

Please note that by submitting photos, artifacts or documents of interest, you give the City of Brooklyn Center permission to post them on the City’s website and for use in other promotional materials. Please do not submit photos that are copyrighted and/or otherwise the property of others if you do not have authority over.

Please send any old photos of Brooklyn Center Police Personnel or police events to .