The administrative unit of the Police Department, under the direction of the Director of Public Safety, provides:

  • Budgetary preparation and management
  • Interdepartmental and inter-agency coordination
  • Program management
  • Project development
  • Records and information services
  • Vision

Meet the Command Staff

Public Safety Director Brian Bierdeman

Director Bierdeman began his law enforcement career with the Maplewood Police Department in June of 2002. He’s lead such initiatives as mental health outreach, community engagement, officer recruitment, training and the Street Crimes Unit. Director Bierdeman was instrumental in developing and has lead the City’s Multicultural Advisory Committee (MAC), which provides critical community voices to the department’s strategic planning, use of force, training policy, and hiring.  

Director Bierdeman has held the following positions over his career:

  • Patrol Officer
  • Field Training Officer
  • SWAT Operator
  • SWAT Team Leader
  • Firearms/Use of Force Instructor
  • Training Unit Supervisor
  • K-9 Handler/Officer
  • K-9 Unit Supervisor
  • Patrol Sergeant
  • Street Crimes Unit Supervisor 
  • Lieutenant

 Awards & Recognition

  • Three Department Letters of Recognition (2004, 2008, 2016)
  • Meritorious Service Award ( SWAT-2015)
  • Lifesaving Award (2016)
  • Meritorious Service Award (K9 handler-2016)
  • Meritorious Service Award (K9-2016)
  • Eight United States Police K9 Association Unit Citations (2005 through 2015)
  • Unit Citation Award (Training unit-2018)
  • FBI Leeda Trilogy Award (2019)


Director Bierdeman is attaining his Master’s degree from University of the Cumberlands in Kentucky. He received his Bachelor’s degree at Minnesota State University Moorhead 

Chief Bierdeman


Brian Bierdeman
Public Safety Director
Phone: 651-249-2600
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Commander Michael Shortreed

Mike began his law enforcement career with the Maplewood Police Department in November of 1996. Prior to joining the department, Mike worked as a Correctional Officer with the Washington County Sheriff's Office and a Public Safety Dispatcher/Community Service Officer with the White Bear Lake Police Department.

Mike's other positions and assignments throughout his career in Maplewood have included:

  • Field Training Officer
  • Investigations Commander
  • Paramedic
  • Patrol Lieutenant
  • Patrol Officer
  • Patrol Sergeant
  • Retail Crime Officer
  • Traffic Safety Officer


Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Mary's University and a Masters of Arts degree in Management from the College of Saint Scholastica.

Community Involvement

Mike is a member of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Executive Council for Special Olympics Minnesota, and serves as the State Chair for Polar Plunges. He also is active in a variety of community and non-profit organizations.

Commander Shortreed

Michael Shortreed


Michael Shortreed
Phone: 651-249-2604
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Lieutenant Daniel Busack

Dan began his law enforcement career with the Maplewood Police Department in August of 1999.

He currently co-supervises the patrol division with Lt. Bierdeman. Together they supervise six patrol sergeants. Both patrol lieutenants are also responsible for professional development and recruiting. His other duties include overseeing the Community Oriented Policing and Outreach program, the Field Training Officer Program, and the Street Crimes Unit. 

Over the course of his career, Dan has held a number of different positions in the department, including:

  • Patrol Officer
  • Field Training Officer
  • Firearms/Use of Force Instructor
  • Firearms/Use of Force Program Coordinator
  • Patrol Sergeant
  • Investigative Sergeant
  • Field Training Unit Coordinator
  • Investigative Lieutenant 


Dan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of St. Thomas and has recently gone back to school to attain his Master’s Degree. 

Community Outreach and Involvement

Dan is involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities, is a department representative on the Maplewood Police Department’s Multicultural Advisory Committee, and oversees Community Outreach for the police department.

Lieutenant BusackDaniel Busack


Daniel Busack
Phone: 651-249-2607
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Lieutenant Michael Dugas

Mike began his career in 1997 with Fire and EMS.  In March of 2002, Mike transitioned to law enforcement, starting as a police officer/paramedic with Maplewood.

He currently leads the professional standards and training division.  He oversees the records unit, property/evidence, community outreach, training unit, community service officers, internal investigations, and the mental health outreach team along with the embedded social worker.  

Over the course of his career, Mike has held many different positions in the department, including:

  • Patrol Officer
  • Paramedic
  • Field Training Officer
  • Drug Recognition Expert
  • Police EMS Coordinator & Educator
  • SWAT Operator, Trainer, Sniper, Team Leader, and Executive Officer
  • Firearms/Use of Force Instructor
  • Training Unit Supervisor
  • Patrol Sergeant
  • Special Enforcement Unit Supervisor
  • Mental Health Outreach Team Supervisor


Mike holds Associates' Degrees in Paramedic Technology and Law Enforcement, a Bachelor's in Police Science, and a Master's of Arts in Public Safety Administration.  Mike is also a certified emergency manager and plans on continuing his professional certifications and education.

Community Outreach and Transparency

Mike has been heavily involved with creating the mental health outreach team whose members work with those suffering from mental health issues in the community.  The work, their team, does improve many lives while lessening the load on emergency responders.  Mike also developed the community information report, which provides transparency to the community that is not common in other communities. 

Lieutenant Dugas

Dugas, Mike


Michael Dugas
Phone: (651) 755-6699
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Investigative Lieutenant Joseph Steiner

Joe began his career in 2000 as a police intern with the Maplewood Police Department.  Joe transitioned to a community service officer position within the department, and then in January of 2006 was promoted to police officer. He currently leads the investigations unit and oversees seven detectives.  

Over the course of his career, Joe has held many different positions in the department, including:

  • Patrol Officer
  • Narcotics Detective
  • Field Training Officer
  • S.W.A.T. Operator
  • Firearms Instructor 
  • Patrol Sergeant
  • Field Training Unit Coordinator 
  • S.W.A.T. Supervisor
  • Street Crimes Unit Sergeant
  • Investigative Sergeant


Joe holds a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement from Metropolitan State University and a master’s of arts degree in public safety administration from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.  Joe is also a leadership trilogy graduate through the F.B.I. Law Enforcement Executive Development Association. 

 Community Outreach and Transparency:

Joe is involved with Big Brothers and Big Sisters Twin Cities.  Joe has created multiple community outreach events through the department, connecting with all members of the community.   

Lieutenant Steiner

Steiner, Joe


Joseph Steiner
Phone: (651) 249-2608
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