Richard W. Stanek is the 27th Sheriff of Hennepin County and is serving in his second term. A 29-year veteran of law enforcement, Sheriff Stanek began his career with the Minneapolis Police Department, where he started as a Patrol Officer, rose through the ranks, and was eventually appointed Commander of their Criminal Investigations Division. Concurrent with his police career, Sheriff Stanek served five terms in the Minnesota House of Representatives, where he chaired the Crime Policy & Finance Committee. In 2003, he was appointed by the Governor to lead Minnesota?s largest law enforcement agency as Commissioner of Public Safety and Director of Homeland Security.

Sheriff Richard W. Stanek currently holds the position of Immediate Past President of the Major County Sheriffs' Association following his term as Vice President and President over the past four years. He also serves in leadership positions with several national organizations and on several national boards: National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) Executive Committee, chair of the NSA Homeland Security Committee, and vice-chair of the NSA Global Affairs Committee. In January of 2012, Sheriff Stanek began a two-year term as President of the Major County Sheriffs' Association. He also serves on Homeland Security's Interagency Threat Assessment and Coordination Group, on the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council, and on the Director of National Intelligence's Homeland Security/Law Enforcement Partners Group.


The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office serves over 1.2 million residents across Hennepin County, which includes the county seat in Minneapolis. Sheriff's Office headquarters are in downtown Minneapolis with divisions and unit facilities located throughout the county.

Most of the Sheriff's Office duties - from managing the county jail and securing the district court - are mandated by state law. Other initiatives, from undercover narcotics investigations to homeland security activities, are initiatives the Sheriff's Office engages in "to keep and preserve the peace of the county," the office's broader mandate.

Working together with approximately 800 employees: the Sheriff, Chief Deputy, Majors, Licensed Deputies, Detention Deputies and Civilians, have adopted a Mission and Vision Statement, and have implemented a four year Strategic Plan, which is reviewed and revised on an annual basis.

Chief Deputy Mike Carlson has served as a licensed peace officer for 23 years and he was a highly decorated Minneapolis Police Officer for 19 years before joining the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office.

He was awarded the Medal of Valor and numerous other honors. In the Minneapolis Police Department, Carlson commanded the Homicide Unit, the Narcotics Task Force, and also supervised the highly successful Violent Offender Task Force, the Weapons Task Force, and the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

For the past five years, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek has directed Chief Carlson to command the daily operations of the Sheriff's Office. Chief Carlson has served as the Incident Commander for the Sheriff's Office during the Republican National Convention in 2008 and throughout the river recovery operations after the I-35W bridge collapse in 2007.

Working with Sheriff Stanek, Chief Carlson spearheaded the creation of an innovative unit, Sheriff's Office Criminal Information Sharing and Analysis (CISA). The unit provides predictive policing services and criminal analysis to law enforcement agencies throughout the metro and the region. On a national level, CISA has been recognized as a model for its crime prevention and analysis services.

Criminal Information Sharing & Analysis Unit (CISA)

CISA provides timely analysis of criminal information to area law enforcement agencies. It provides a platform for agencies to share information on criminal activity and provides crime pattern and trend analysis. This helps identify suspects more quickly and it helps in crime prevention. Analysts use specialized software to assist with predictive policing during crime sprees. CISA has been recognized as a national model for its success as a criminal information sharing unit.

CISA has assisted with organizing several effective partnerships that are grouped by geographic region. These collaboratives meet twice each month to discuss crime trends and to discuss suspects active in their area who may also be active in other jurisdictions. CISA organizes the information that is shared among investigators, adds further analysis and redistributes the information back out to law enforcement. There are four collaborative groups in Hennepin County.

Here's one example. The West Hennepin County Crime Collaboration includes the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office and representatives from police departments from the following communities: Corcoran, Deephaven, Medina, Minnetrista Police, Orono Police, Rogers Police, South Lake Minnetonka Police, Three Rivers Park District Police, West Hennepin Public Safety, Wayzata Police. In addition, other agencies that participate include Carver County Sheriff's Office, Hennepin County Attorney's Office, and the Hennepin County Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation.

In 2012, CISA wanted to expand the criminal information-sharing to include metro-area sheriff's offices. The Metro Regional Information Collaboration (MRIC) was launched. It includes the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office and sheriff's offices from the following counties: Ramsey, Washington, Anoka, Dakota, Carver, Sherburne and McLeod.

Last month, CISA added new technology to its offices in Minneapolis. Pictured in the photo is the Real Time Analysis Center, known as R-TAC. The monitors display emergent events across the county. It can be used as a virtual command post. Among its many uses, it increases officer safety because CISA analysts provide critical information in support of personnel in the field.

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