Law Enforcement History

Alexandria AVTS was Minnesota's First Law Enforcement Program offered through Post-secondary education.

First Instructor/Coordinator:
Russell Brooberg 1967

Director of AVTS:
Vernon Maack 1961

First Advisory Committee:
John Harbinson, Chief of MN Highway Patrol
Lloyd Watters, Game Warden, Alexandria
Hubert Warren, Dept. of Public Safety
Gary Nelson, BCA Agent
Weldon Hodge, President of West Central Police & Peace Officers Assn.
Howard Urness, Sheriff Douglas County
Carl Pearson, Inspector Bryant Ave. Police Station Mpls.
George McKay, Chief of Police, Alexandria
Vernon Maack, Director, Alexandria Area Technical School
Raymond Ahlfors, Asst. Director

Names of 1st graduating Class 1969:
Gabe Pipo, Keith Nelson, Earl. Christianson, Mark Hedner, Gerald. Hoffman, Gary Ritter, Mark Johnson, Terry Blake, Greg Hayes, Richard Wutschke, Robert Bennington

First student to work as full-time Law Enforcement Officer:
Dale Zastrow - July 1, 1968
Wilkin County Sheriff’s Office

First graduate MN Chief of Police:

First female Chief of Police:
Rose Gagnon 1985 Benson Police Department

First graduate MN elected Sheriff:
Grant Haugen 1975 Stevens County Sheriff

First graduate MN Trooper:
Greg Hayes 1974

First graduate MN DNR Officer:
Michael Shelden 1986

First elected MN Female Sheriff:
Terese Amazi - 2003 – Mower County Sheriff, Austin, MN

First FBI Agent:

First BCA Agent:
Dan Ahlquist 1987

First DEA Officer:

First Deputy U.S. Marshal:
David L. Becker 1988

First ATF agent:
Michael Colbenson 1984

First Boarder Patrol Officer:

First Female Students 1974:
Sandy Arp, Lorraine Clasen, Carol Hartman

First P.O.S.T. Certified Police Officers:
The three graduating sections of 1976.

First ATCC Law Enforcement Skills Class 1982:
Michael S.Anderson, Michael Aschenbrener, Thomas Budde, Jon Casey, Russell Garvey, Jeffrey Goldsmith, Randell Jackson, Lyndon Jensen, Peter Jenson, Flint Karis, Dennis Koenen, Paul Olmanson, Michael Olson, Timothy Parkos, John Plaschko, William Reiland, Curtis Rude, David Schoen, Matthew Segulia, Daniel Tabor, Roland Williams, Robert Willson.

First ATCC Law Enforcement Transition Class 1996:
Julie Forsman, Lisa Chapman, Daniel Moldenhauer, Pete Roers, Aaron Guggisberg

Former Instructors for Law Enforcement at Alexandria Technical & Community College:
Russell Brooberg 1967-1979
Gary A. Nelson 1970-1971 and 1979-1980
Herbert Idso 1968-1983
Duane Rasmussen 1968-1971
Mervin Amsden– Related Law Enforcement 1967-1973
Bill Bundy 1970-1984
Joseph Geris 1969-1984
DeWayne Bisek 1971-2002
Roger Stark – Related Law Enforcement 1971-1994
John Butler 1971-1979
Willard Morris 1974-1983
John Mason 1975-1993
Don Bundy 1977-2000
Dennis Melby– Related Law Enforcement 1983-1984
John Phillips, Dept. Chairman 1980-1985
Lee Van Overbeke 1984-1990
Aaron Graham 1993-1994

Current Law Enforcement Instructors:
Darrell Staley August 1984 - to present
Deborah Martin August 1987 - to present
Duane Wolfe August 1994 - to present
Jon Magnuson August 1999 - to present
Charles Olson August 2000 - to present
James Smith August 2001 - to present
Becky Swanson 2001 - to present
Scott Berger August 2002 - to present
Jason Childers 2004 - to present
Scott Stumpf 2006 - to present
James Metcalf August 2008 - to present