(Neb)-New NSP Panhandle Commander Began His Career There
SCOTTSBLUFF - One of the most widely experienced members of the Nebraska State Patrol has been promoted to captain in command of the Panhandle's Troop E.
Lieutenant Kurt Von Minden is a 19 year veteran of the Patrol in both Traffic and Carrier Enforcement, and has served in 4 of the agency's troop areas.
Most recently director of the Fusion Center in Lincoln, Von Minden has also served as a range officer, a Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instructor, and a member of the NSP SWAT Team.
State Patrol Superintendent Colonel John Bolduc says the role of Troop Area Commander is critical to what the agency does and that "Captain Von Minden has demonstrated that he is ready to lead the men and women of Troop E and provide the service the public expects and deserves.”
Von Minden, a graduate of the FBI National Academy, says it's an honor to be picked to lead the Scottsbluff-based Troop E because it's where he began his career and it has an exceptional group of public servants.
He also says he's looking forward to working not only with the men and women of Troop E, but also all of its public safety partners in the 11 counties of the Panhandle.
Von Minden succeeds Jamey Balthazor, who was demoted to sergeant in the aftermath of last year's investigation into "inappropriate conduct" by senior staffers during internal investigations.
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