The members of the Moorhead Police Department, with great pleasure, nominate Sergeant Nick Leinen as Luther Family Ford's April Salute to Law Enforcement recipient.
Sergeant Leinen is a dedicated, hardworking, and positive department member. A native of Breckenridge, MN, Sergeant Leinen attended Alexandria Technical College and graduated from their Law Enforcement Program in 2004.
He began his law enforcement career working part-time for the Breckenridge Police Department and Wilken County Sheriff's Office in early 2005. He later joined the Moorhead Police Department as a full-time patrol officer in November of that year.
Nick has always been a very active department member and involved in many extra duties. Each project Nick takes on, he does with detail, passion, and with providing the best service he can for our community. Nick's work ethic and communication style, which is both empathetic and enthusiastic, made him a successful investigator when Nick worked in the Detective Bureau as a General Investigator. Nick was promoted to the Rank of Sergeant in 2020.
Currently, Sergeant Leinen oversees the department's Honor Guard and is the Commander of the Regional Bomb Squad division of the Red River Valley SWAT team.
Nick is also a team leader for the department's Peer Assistance Response Team. After being an instructor for Server Training for many years, he recently updated Moorhead's curriculum for alcohol establishments and has worked to ensure understanding and compliance with our local and state regulations.
A recent achievement of Sergeant Leinen was assisting with our department's Body Worn Camera project. Nick helped review products, coordinated the field testing of those products, provided a review for the final selection, and finally trained our staff in using the new tool. Nick was very active in the process and did everything in detail. Nick performs all his extra duties while always considering the needs of those he supervises and, most importantly, the community he serves.
The Moorhead Police Department appreciates the work of Sergeant Nick Leinen and looks forward to this continued success. Nick is married to his wife Lindsey and is the proud dad to his daughter Avalee.
Thank you Sergeant Nick Leinen for keeping our community safe & sound!