Experience

Dave Hutchinson, or “Hutch,” is a 15-year law enforcement and public safety professional.  Since 2006, he has served with the Metro Transit Police Department.  He currently holds the position of sergeant, working on the north side of Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs.  He also supervises the Peer Support Program, Crisis Intervention Training (CIT), and Community Engagement Team.  Before joining Metro Transit, Hutch worked as a Police Officer in Bayport, a small community with a population of just over 3,000 people. 

Working in the inner city, Hutch has served in the poorest and most forgotten neighborhoods of Hennepin County.  He’s worked with diverse communities from recent immigrants and refugees to long-established families of Minneapolis. This experience has allowed Hutch to engage in community problem solving and partner businesses and agencies across the county to improve the safety and health of our communities.   

Hutch knows the importance of public safety and community service.  Moreover, he understands that these vital goals are wholly consistent with his core values of transparency, responsiveness, and flexibility.  In fact, they go hand-in-hand. 

Education

Hutch put himself through college working in the building trades and graduated from Alexandria Technical & Community College with a degree in Law Enforcement.  He continued his education at Saint Cloud State University and is currently enrolled at Metropolitan (Metro) State University.

In addition, Hutch has completed advanced training, including: 

  • Supervision and Management Certificate Program, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

  • Senior Management Certificate Program, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

  • Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Family

Public safety and service is a proud tradition in Hutch’s family.  His father, now retired, was a police officer for 30 years. His mother was a customer service manager at a major airline.  Today, Hutch lives in Bloomington with his husband Justin and their dog Nike.  He enjoys spending time with family and riding his Harley. 

Awards

Hutch’s service has been recognized across the region.  He has received recognition for outstanding service (Chief’s Award), a Merit Award, and multiple letters of recognition for is outstanding service and leadership.  

Volunteer

Always active on the ground in our community, Hutch has volunteered with Store to Door, In-Community, Church events and Shop with a Cop. Volunteerism and giving back to local communities are important to Hutch.