Bruce Folkens named new deputy chief of Investigations

Bruce Folkens is the new deputy chief of Investigations for the Police Department. He’ll begin his new role Oct. 18.

As deputy chief, Folkens will oversee Investigations, which includes the Violent Crimes and Special Crimes divisions. Violent Crimes includes the assault, weapons, homicide, robbery and safe streets units. Special Crimes includes crimes against children, domestic assault, juvenile investigations, juvenile outreach and diversion, licensing, financial crimes, sex crimes, predatory offender units, and the Police Athletic League.

Folkens is a 27-year veteran of the force. He began his career in the 5th Precinct and worked his way up through the ranks, with long stays in the narcotics, gang and homicide units. Most recently he’s been in charge of the Special Crimes Division.

Under Folkens’ leadership in Special Crimes, the Police Department doubled the number of men arrested in sex trafficking in 2015. The Juvenile Sex Trafficking Unit has rescued 13 girls from the sex trafficking trade so far this year, compared to 10 during the same time period last year. Also, domestic assault investigators have increased their caseloads in the past couple of years while managing to improve the unit’s charge rates.

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Published Oct 5, 2015

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