Minneapolis Police Department
Sergeant Darcy Klund became a police officer when he was 19 years-old, and he later joined the Minneapolis Police Department where he has helped to keep the city safe for over twenty four years.
The first half of Sergeant Klund's career was spent as a patrol officer and member of the Narcotics unit, where he worked first-hand in undercover drug sting operations and gang busts.
In 1991, Darcy was participating in an undercover drug deal when the suspects attempted to rob him and then stabbed him in his side with a butcher knife.
His quick thinking and action helped to apprehend the men regardless, and he received a Medal of Commendation.
Sergeant Klund went on to become the supervisor of the Minneapolis PD Community Reponse team in 1997.
This is a task force of officers who combat dangerous street-level crimes, most often dealing with drug trafficking and closing down major drug houses.
As Sergeant Klund explains, he is proud of the work his team did by apprehending the men and women who caused the most violence in his city.
Darcy later joined the Homicide unit, and for the past eleven years he has helped solve murder cases and bring closure to the families of victims.
In 2003, he was awarded the County Attorney Award for identifying and arresting two shooters whose stray bullets killed a 12 year-old.
That same year, he worked on a particularly heinous homicide case for 54 hours straight, interviewing informants and setting up a pretend drug trade, and he successfully arrested the man who had beaten another to death.
In addition to new homicide cases, Sergeant Klund also takes on cold case files which can take years to solve.
In 2006, Darcy Klund received a Cold Case Award for solving the 1990 stabbing murder of a young child.
Homicide Captain Amelia Huffman describes Darcy an incredibly tenacious investigator who leaves no stone unturned, and he has had an enormous impact on the cold cases because of his patience and determination.
In 2008, Sergeant Klund reopened the file on a young man who had been shot to death in 2003, followed by his friend just one week later.
Darcy re-interviewed the original witnesses and through his development of additional information he was able to arrest the killer who was convicted in 2010 to life in prison.
Sergeant Klund was nominated for his cold case work especially for a 1990 murder he has worked on since he joined the department.
Darcy keeps family photos of the deceased teen in his office, and he has no intention of giving up solving the case in order to bring peace to the girl's foster mother.
He explains, "We work for the victim's family. We are their voice, and we get the family answers."