Just over five years after Maplewood community lost Sgt. Joseph Bergeron, a veteran officer on the Maplewood Police Department for 26 years — the Minnesota Senate has voted to name a section of Highway 36 in his honor. Sgt.
May 1 marked the fifth anniversary of the fatal shooting of Maplewood Police Sgt. Joe Bergeron, who had served the city for 20 years. The City of Maplewood and Maplewood Police Department held a ceremony to retire his badge, number 357, at the police memorial created outside City Hall after his death. Mayor Nora Slawik reads the proclamation as Police Chief Paul Schnell holds it. Mayor Slawik presents the proclamation to Gail Bergeron along with the #357 badge. Two #457 badges were presented to Bergeron’s daughters, as well.
Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell models one of the department’s four body cameras. Since July 2014, three officers have been piloting the cameras, recording their shifts in their entirety. (Erin Hinrichs/Review)
At the April 13 Maplewood City Council workshop, Police Chief Paul Schnell called attention to a number of significant advances in police technology over the years — including the invention of the breathalyzer, the transition from revolvers to sem
Maplewood police officer Pam Vang prepares for a day shift during her second phase of training. (Erin Hinrichs/Review)
Nearly eight weeks into training, one of the Maplewood Police Department's newest members, officer Pam Vang, 26, is focused on learning the ropes so she'll be able to serve the city safely and effectively.
State Sen. Chuck Wiger, DFL-Maplewood, presents a bill that would name the stretch of state Highway 36 that runs through Maplewood in honor of Sgt. Joe Bergeron, who died in the line of duty May 1, 2010. Next to him sits the widow of the slain officer, Gail, and Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell. (Erin Hinrichs/Review)
A welcomed, emotional tribute nearly five years after Bergeron's death
Last week, the Minnesota House of Representatives will hear legislation renaming a portion of Highway 36 within the city limits of Maplewood as “Sergeant Joseph Bergeron Memorial Highway.” Representative Leon Lillie (DFL-Maplewood) is the bill’s c
Officer Joe Friedrichs oversees northern districts 1-3, along with officer Jesse Barnes. He joined the department after serving as a police officer in Roseville for seven months, where he worked as a firefighter prior. (Erin Hinrichs/Review)