Minneapolis police officer named ‘Officer of the Year’
Minneapolis police officer Brent Rasmussen has been named Officer of the Year by the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association. Officer Rasmussen has been with the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) since November 2014 and has spent his MPD career working in the 1st Precinct, which covers the Downtown and Cedar Riverside neighborhoods.
In August while leaving the precinct at bar closing time, Rasmussen came upon several men fighting in the middle of a street where a small crowd was gathered. One of the men in the fight pulled a handgun on another. In a matter of seconds, Rasmussen was able to assess the situation. Deciding to put the safety of others ahead of his own, Rasmussen ran toward the suspect and repeatedly ordered him to drop his gun. The suspect finally dropped his weapon and was taken into custody. No shots were fired. As a result of his discretion, judgment and bravery in this incident, Rasmussen was also awarded the MPD’s Medal of Valor.
The Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association cited Officer Rasmussen’s consistent courage in the face of danger in awarding the honor.
Published Jul 11, 2017