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Eddie Frizell

Chief of Police

Eddie Frizell was sworn in as the Metro Transit Police Department’s eighth police chief in August 2019. Before leading the Metro Transit Police Department, Frizell spent 26 years with the Minneapolis Police Department. During his time with the Minneapolis Police Department, Frizell served as the inspector of the First Precinct, deputy chief of police, as a SWAT negotiator and as an internal affairs investigator. He is also a 30-year veteran of the Minnesota Army National Guard, including two overseas deployments to Bosnia and Kuwait/Iraq. He currently holds the rank of Colonel. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa and the U.S. Army War College. Frizell and his wife have a son and two adult daughters.

Captain Rick Grates

Patrol Operations

Captain Grates operates and supervises MTPD’s patrol operations, which encompasses both MTPD West Command and MTPD East Command. Captain Grates is responsible for over 80 officers, 12 Sergeants and three Lieutenants. He also oversees special events and planning along with determining deployment of the MTPD’s 47 part-time police officers. MTPD’s CompStat program is one of the many strategic initiatives used by the patrol division to determine officer deployments. Community Oriented Policing along with CompStat are focal points for the patrol division. Captain Grates has over 25 years of service and has served MTPD as a patrol officer, investigator, Sergeant and Lieutenant. He also is a graduate of Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command.

Captain Erin Dietz

Training and Professional Standards

Captain Dietz leads MTPD’s Professional Standards & Training Division and chairs the Use of Force Review Board and the Department’s Uniform Committee. Captain Dietz is responsible for the recruiting, hiring, backgrounding, and training of all new officers entering the ranks at Metro Transit Police Department. Captain Dietz serves as the Field Training Coordinator and Instructor for officers matriculating from MTPD’s Police Academy to full-time patrol. The Training Unit conducts internal training and coordinates all department training for full-time and part-time officers. Captain Dietz holds a M.A. in Criminal Justice Leadership from Concordia University and has served with the Air National Guard. Captain Dietz is a graduate of the Northwestern University of School Police Staff and Command.

Captain Joseph R. Dotseth

Support Services & Budget

Captain Dotseth is responsible for the operational and capital budgets, grant writing, grant project management, and Safety and Security initiatives. He also oversees department procurements, payroll administration, records unit, and the administrative support staff. He is a 20-year veteran of law enforcement and has served a variety of roles with MTPD to include: patrol officer, beat officer, field training officer, patrol Sergeant, administrative Lieutenant, and an Internal Affairs Investigator. Captain Dotseth holds a M.A. in Public Safety Administration from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and is a graduate of Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command #484.

Lieutenant Lori Ammend


Lieutenant Ammend oversees the general investigations unit, crash reconstruction unit, and the juvenile investigations unit. The investigations division is responsible for investigating crimes occurring on Metro Transit property. The investigations unit investigates all levels of crimes and conducts on-scene and follow-up investigations. The crash reconstruction unit investigates incidents involving Metro Transit vehicles that include: buses, light rail, and commuter rail. The investigators assigned to the crash reconstruction team receive advanced training and have specialized equipment assigned to them. The juvenile investigators are specialty trained also and focus on outreach and diversion as a community oriented policing strategy. Lieutenant Ammend also oversees the property and evidence unit. Lieutenant Ammend has served a variety of roles at MTPD to include: patrol officer, training officer, patrol Sergeant, and investigative Sergeant.

Sergeant Leonard Keyes

Internal Affairs Unit

Sergeant Keyes is currently assigned to the MTPD's Internal Affairs Unit (IAU), which is dedicated to ensuring that the relationship between the department and the community is built upon trust and transparency. The IAU investigates complaints of misconduct and violations of department policy. IAU directly reports to the Chief of Police and coordinates every investigation directly with the Chief. Sergeant Keyes is a Marine Core Veteran and has served a variety of roles in his career to include: patrol operations, field training officer, counter-terrorism unit, patrol supervisor and internal affairs investigator.

Dana Jabs

Manager of Business Technology

Dana started her Law Enforcement career with Minneapolis Park Police. After a year she transferred to St. Paul Police Department where she was an officer for 19 years. Included in her time in multiple departments, she has 17 years of experience as a law enforcement technology business system analyst, procuring and implementing multiple CAD, RMS, evidence, Body worn Camera and video systems for 10 Law enforcement agencies. As the MTPD Business Technology Manager, she oversees the Asset Protection, Research & Development and Business Technology Divisions. The responsibilities of these divisions include software administration, network security, fleet, radios, body-worn cameras, desktop support, building access and security, CCTV, policy, crime stats, and data practice requests.

Leah Palmer

Policy and Project Development

Leah has a background that includes more than a decade connecting law enforcement agencies with the communities they serve. Through project management, community engagement, and best-practice implementation, she has made lasting improvements in how officers are trained, how they engage with the public, and how their work can be better understood. Most recently, Leah worked to support the Metro Transit Police Department's Body Camera program, with an eye to allowing the transit riding community better understand police interactions. Her dedication to those that law enforcement serve is seen through her experience as a domestic violence prevention specialist and in leading community forums on. A graduate with a Sociology degree from the University of Wisconsin River Falls, she also earned a Master's degree from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs.