Dolan promotes top MPD cops

The upper ranks of the Minneapolis Police Department shifted in mid-April, as Minneapolis Interim Police Chief Tim Dolan officially took the reins from departing Chief William McManus and promoted other officers up the chain of command.

Sharon Lubinski rose from deputy chief to assistant police chief and Insp. Rob Allen, commander of Downtown's 1st Precinct, became deputy chief of Patrol.

Lubinski, a 28-year veteran of law enforcement, has held a variety of MPD posts, including serving as head of the Patrol Bureau, the Downtown Command and the 3rd Precinct.

Lubinski is also on the faculty for the School of Criminal Justice at Metropolitan State University, 1501 Hennepin Ave. S.

Allen will take over Lubinski's duties at the Patrol Bureau, which constitutes more than half of the MPD's employee resources and budget and covers about 600 officers at all five precincts, special operations division and community crime prevention, among other areas.

Allen has spent 17 years with the department, the past five as commander of the 1st Precinct, which includes all of Downtown and the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.

Allen was co-chair of the SafeZone Collaborative between police and private businesses, which aims to reduce crime through the use of public and private security cameras, a common radio channel for police and security, information-sharing system, and training of security personnel and other initiatives.

Allen hopes to expand Safe Zone initiatives outside of Downtown and &#8220see its successes repeated in other neighborhoods in every precinct,” he said, noting that Uptown and other Minneapolis neighborhoods have already voiced interest.

Former 1st Precinct Lt. Jane Harteau will now take over as commander of the 1st Precinct.