From visiting Minden Public Schools to building a Police Chaplain Corps and making an effort to connect with residents, Minden Police Chief Bradley Butler and his officers have implemented a community oriented policing strategy in the department. Developing relationships between officers and the public is a key component in the community policing philosophy.
“I want to put more community policing back in so we aren’t so alienated. I don’t want us to be a nameless, faceless police car going by,” Butler said. “With that community policing aspect if there is a complaint, sometimes it is possible to resolve that by talking. It gives us more of that interaction, more of that personal touch. I think it helps everybody out to have that team concept.”
Butler began his law enforcement career at the Phelps County Sheriff’s Office. Over a course of 13 years, he worked his way through the ranks from Sergeant to Captain. He also performed duties as a drug task force investigator and worked as a K-9 officer for 5 years. He then moved to the Kearney Police Department where he was a street officer for a few years and an investigator for the majority of his 10 years on the force. The opportunity to build relationships and practice community policing played a large part in Butler’s decision to step down from his investigative position in Kearney and take on the mantle of Minden Police Chief in March 2020.
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