Administration

The administrative unit of the Police Department, under the direction of the Director of Public Safety, provides:

  • Budgetary preparation and management
  • Interdepartmental and inter-agency coordination
  • Program management
  • Project development
  • Records and information services
  • Vision

Meet the Command Staff

Public Safety Director Brian Bierdeman

Director Bierdeman began his law enforcement career with the Maplewood Police Department in June of 2002. He’s lead such initiatives as mental health outreach, community engagement, officer recruitment, training and the Street Crimes Unit. Director Bierdeman was instrumental in developing and has lead the City’s Multicultural Advisory Committee (MAC), which provides critical community voices to the department’s strategic planning, use of force, training policy, and hiring.  

Director Bierdeman has held the following positions over his career:

  • Patrol Officer
  • Field Training Officer
  • SWAT Operator
  • SWAT Team Leader
  • Firearms/Use of Force Instructor
  • Training Unit Supervisor
  • K-9 Handler/Officer
  • K-9 Unit Supervisor
  • Patrol Sergeant
  • Street Crimes Unit Supervisor 
  • Lieutenant

 Awards & Recognition

  • Three Department Letters of Recognition (2004, 2008, 2016)
  • Meritorious Service Award ( SWAT-2015)
  • Lifesaving Award (2016)
  • Meritorious Service Award (K9 handler-2016)
  • Meritorious Service Award (K9-2016)
  • Eight United States Police K9 Association Unit Citations (2005 through 2015)
  • Unit Citation Award (Training unit-2018)
  • FBI Leeda Trilogy Award (2019)

 Education

Director Bierdeman is attaining his Master’s degree from University of the Cumberlands in Kentucky. He received his Bachelor’s degree at Minnesota State University Moorhead 

Chief Bierdeman


Contact


Brian Bierdeman
Public Safety Director
Phone: 651-249-2600
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Commander Michael Shortreed

Mike began his law enforcement career with the Maplewood Police Department in November of 1996. Prior to joining the department, Mike worked as a Correctional Officer with the Washington County Sheriff's Office and a Public Safety Dispatcher/Community Service Officer with the White Bear Lake Police Department.

Mike's other positions and assignments throughout his career in Maplewood have included:

  • Field Training Officer
  • Investigations Commander
  • Paramedic
  • Patrol Lieutenant
  • Patrol Officer
  • Patrol Sergeant
  • Retail Crime Officer
  • Traffic Safety Officer

Education

Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Mary's University and a Masters of Arts degree in Management from the College of Saint Scholastica.

Community Involvement

Mike is a member of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Executive Council for Special Olympics Minnesota, and serves as the State Chair for Polar Plunges. He also is active in a variety of community and non-profit organizations.

Commander Shortreed

Michael Shortreed

Contact

Michael Shortreed
Commander
Phone: 651-249-2604
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Lieutenant Daniel Busack

Dan began his law enforcement career with the Maplewood Police Department in August of 1999.

He currently co-supervises the patrol division with Lt. Bierdeman. Together they supervise six patrol sergeants. Both patrol lieutenants are also responsible for professional development and recruiting. His other duties include overseeing the Community Oriented Policing and Outreach program, the Field Training Officer Program, and the Street Crimes Unit. 

Over the course of his career, Dan has held a number of different positions in the department, including:

  • Patrol Officer
  • Field Training Officer
  • Firearms/Use of Force Instructor
  • Firearms/Use of Force Program Coordinator
  • Patrol Sergeant
  • Investigative Sergeant
  • Field Training Unit Coordinator
  • Investigative Lieutenant 

Education

Dan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of St. Thomas and has recently gone back to school to attain his Master’s Degree. 

Community Outreach and Involvement

Dan is involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities, is a department representative on the Maplewood Police Department’s Multicultural Advisory Committee, and oversees Community Outreach for the police department.

Lieutenant BusackDaniel Busack

Contact


Daniel Busack
Lieutenant
Phone: 651-249-2607
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Lieutenant Kerry Helle

Kerry Helle was sworn in as a police officer with the Maplewood Police Department in February 1996.

She is currently assigned as the supervisor of the Support Services Division. Support Services includes the records department, property and evidence room, crime analyst, the Community Service Officers, and animal control. 

Kerry’s other positions and assignments throughout her career in Maplewood include: 

  • Patrol officer 
  • Field Training Officer 
  • Paramedic 
  • Retail Crime Officer 
  • Patrol Sergeant 
  • Administrative Sergeant 
  • Patrol Lieutenant 
  • Investigative Lieutenant 
  • Support Services Lieutenant 

Kerry holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Cloud State University and attended paramedic school at Inver Hills Community College. 

Lieutenant Helle

Kerry Crotty

Contact

Kerry Helle
Lieutenant
Phone: 651-249-2605
Email Kerry Helle