Sergeant John Holthusen

Sergeant John Holthusen spent 24 years serving the Minneapolis Police Department and has recently retired. He had a busy career, working in the 3rd Precinct in Mids, Dogs, and Property Crimes; in the 4th Precinct in Mids and Dogs; in the 5th Precinct in the C-shift, and CCP/Safe Unit; in addition to work in licensing, CCP/Safe Unit, Child Abuse Unit, Homicide Unit, Assault Unit, and Crimes Against Children Unit. He also had secondary assignments in the SWAT Unit – Negotiation Team, Mentor Program, and Peer Team.

Some of Sgt. Holthusen’s most memorable moments working for the Police Department include: working with really great partners, getting promoted to Sergeant, being a SWAT negotiator, working as a homicide investigator, solving the murder of a 5-year-old girl, and being in charge of the Crimes Against Children’s Unit.

He believes new recruits should embrace change and challenges and strive to be the very best. He also recommends that those just starting out not worry about the brass or politics, and instead just be a proud member of the MPD. And finally he advises that you stay positive and retire young.

As for retirement plans, Sgt. Holthusen is looking forward to being with family and friends, relaxing, and doing all the things he didn’t have time to do while he was on the job.

We congratulate Sgt. Holthusen on so many years of service to the Department and we hope you enjoy your retirement!