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North Branch Police Patrol Officers

Biography of Officer David Janssen #518

Officer David Janssen is from Rush City, MN and began his law enforcement career in 1997.  Working for various departments in Chisago County, he accepted his current position with the North Branch Police Department in April of 2001.  While employed by North Branch, Off. Janssen is trained and certified in  the instructing of other officer's in police radar, use of force, handgun/M-16/AR-15, Glock Armorer and is  one of  North Branch's Field Training Officer 's .  Off. Janssen is also a member of the Chisago County SWAT Team and has attended basic tactical operations, chemical munitions, manual and firearm breaching, high risk entry/hostage rescue and is a certified Sniper.

Biography of Officer Ron Rollins #522

Officer Rollins began his career as a Chisago County Sheriff’s Cadet in high school. He then began working as a part-time dispatcher for the sheriff’s department at the age of 16.  Two years later, he received a part-time license as a peace officer with Taylors Falls and Wyoming Police Departments.  Then, in 1981, he served three years as a MP in the U.S. Army.

After his military career, Off. Rollins spent thirteen years as a dispatcher for the Minnesota State Troopers before accepting a full time position with the Lakes Area Police Department.  In 2004, he was hired by his hometown police department, North Branch, where he quickly obtained Raven, and they became the North Branch’s K-9 team.

Officer Rollins is a trained intoxilyzer operator, DNR snowmobile and firearms safety instructor, certified in juvenile restorative justice conferencing, certified radar operator, certified background investigator, trained in teaching Project Charlie materials for 1st to 3rd graders and was the recipient of the first James Trudeau Award honoring Law officer’s commitment to youth.

Biography of Officer John Pego #516

Officer John Pego is from Roseville, Mn where he graduated from Kellogg High School. After High School, he joined the Air Force and served over eight years as an U.S. Air Force Intelligence Analyst working under the authority of the National Security Agency (NSA). During his military career, he worked on two U.S. Space Shuttle Launches, served in Germany for Desert Shield and for Air Force Special Ops, Hurlburt Field, Florida for Desert Storm. He then received two Joint Service Achievement Medals for post-Gulf war activity while stationed at Menwith Hill Station in England.

After his military career, Officer Pego worked 11 years as a computer specialist for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and three years as a Cambridge Police Reserve before coming to North Branch.  He lives in Cambridge where he breeds and trains German Shepherd Dogs.

Biography of Officer Engebretson #521

Officer Kelly Engebretson is from White Bear Lake, Mn. With a degree in graphic communications, she worked in the advertising and printing industry for several years in the Twin Cities area. After moving out of the cities she became a volunteer firefighter with the Braham Volunteer Fire Department and a volunteer EMT-IV with the North Branch Area Ambulance and Rescue Service. Off. Engebretson started her career in law enforcement as a Minneapolis Police Reserve Officer. She served with Washington County for three years as a 911 Telecommunicator and with Pine County for 10 years as a 911 Dispatcher/Jailer where she was one of their certified training officers. After obtaining a degree in law enforcement, Off. Engebretson accepted her current position with the North Branch Police Department in 2006.

Biography of Officer Sean Huset #523

Officer Huset began his career with the Thief River Falls Police Department in 1995.  While employed he obtained training in death scene investigations, bicycle patrol, use of force, defensive tactics, and background investigations.  He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2002 and became the Certified Firearms Instructor.  He is also Glock Armor certified.  Off. Huset was hired by North Branch Police Department in June of 2007.  Off. Huset enjoys his time off with his wife and three children.

Biography of Officer Rebecca Lawrence #517

Officer Lawrence attended school out of state.  When she returned to the state she became a Police Reserve Officer with the Coon Rapids Police Department.  After attending the Minnesota Police Officer Certificate program she became a Community Service Officer with the Anoka County Sheriff's Office.  She worked part-time for the Minnesota State Fair Police Department but then left when she took a full-time position with the Morris Police Department.  In November 2000 she accepted a position with the Pine County Sheriff's Office.  While working in Pine County she assisted in the re-organization of the Sheriff's Reserve/Mounted Patrol unit.  in 2007 she became the Safe and Sober Coordinator for the Pine County Sheriff's Office.  She resigned from the Pine County Sheriff's Office in April 2008 when she accepted a position with the North Branch Police Department.


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