Dan Boland, Sam Dailey, Kevin Fisher, Kerstin Hammarberg, Jeff Hayes, Lloyd Kwiecien, Gail Molohon, Cynthia Novacek, Tom Paddock, Mary Rye, Paul Samuelson, Erin Stoltz, Joe Wurst, John Young
Property and Evidence Unit, Police Department
Kerstin Hammarberg nominated the Police Department’s Property and Evidence Unit staff for their hard work and dedication to the city following a fire in the basement of City Hall in April 2015, and Police administration added Hammarberg to the team nomination.
“At 1 a.m., a fire broke out in a basement storage facility in City Hall. Once the fire was contained, Property and Evidence Unit staff were contacted and arrived early in the morning to begin the cleanup process.
“At 7 a.m., all new incoming evidence was rerouted to the south warehouse, where staff inventoried and secured the items. Staff downtown coordinated, directed and oversaw removal of property and evidence that was destroyed or damaged by the fire. It was estimated that more than 25,000 items were affected. Cleanup was started immediately.
“Room 33 in City Hall reopened to the department for evidence intake by 3 p.m. that day. The unit opened to the public the following day. The unit was fully functioning once again after 16 hours. Within two weeks, all damage was documented, damaged evidence was moved to a location to be dried and salvaged as much as possible, all cleanup was completed and all partners were notified of plans to address the impact of the fire on current and past cases. Complete repairs took longer, but did not prevent daily operations.
“The entire staff of the Property and Evidence Unit deserves recognition and thanks for their teamwork and group effort to make the recovery from this disaster possible. They were able to work together in cleanup, documentation and coordination in a seamless manner. The City of Minneapolis should be proud of the individuals in this unit, as well as the team they create, to manage all the property and evidence in the custody of the Police Department.”
Published Feb 23, 2016