Position serves as second-in-command

The Rosemount Police Department has a new police commander.

John Winters was sworn in during the Rosemount City Council meeting Monday.

The position serves as second-in-command within the department.

Winters said he looks forward to working with the Rosemount Police Department and Chief Mikael Dahlstrom.

“You continue to impress me and inspire me, and I look forward to working with you,” he said.

Winters said he won’t take the promotion lightly and thanked the city and department for the opportunity.

The new commander was born and raised in Rosemount. After graduating from Rosemount High School and getting his college degree, he became a volunteer reserve officer within the department. He was promoted to patrol officer Sept. 27, 1993.

Dahlstrom said Winters is the most experienced officer within the department, and his resume is too expansive to cover in total.

“We are proud and excited have commander Winters be promoted,” Dahlstrom said. “It’s been a long time coming. I’m especially excited. He’s very well trusted. I have the utmost respect for him. His 26 years of service will serve us well in the community.”

Winters was selected as the Rosemount Officer of the Year in 2004 and 2013.

Winters has served as a patrol officer, detective, school resource officer and patrol sergeant.

He has served 14 years as a SWAT operator and squad leader; 19 years as a use of force and firearms instructor; 10 years as a crime scene technician; and six years as a field training officer for new hires.

“(He) has been recognized on multiple occasions as a result of his work ethic, integrity and accomplishments,” Dahlstrom said.

He was recognized by both Dakota County and the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Associations with the Distinguished Service Award for leading the Anarae Schunk homicide investigation.

“There’s only two or three of those handed out each year statewide, so it’s a pretty big award,” Dahlstrom said.

The position opened up after former Police Chief Mitchell Scott retired in February.

At the time Dahlstrom was serving as police commander. Dahlstrom served as interim chief until he was officially sworn in as chief in June.

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