Posted 6 months ago
By John Axtell
A former lieutenant at the Nebraska State Patrol Troop E headquarters in Scottsbluff is now the agency’s #3 in command. Bret Friesz has been promoted to Investigative Services Major, based at the Patrol headquarters in Lincoln. He succeeds Mark Funkhouser, who retired at the end of December.
A 30-year veteran of the Patrol, Friesz was one of 3 lieutenants in Troop E for 12 years before being promoted in 2009 to Captain and commander of Troop A in Omaha, the post he’s held until this promotion.
His NSP experience includes stints with Field Services, Investigative Services, Police Service Dog handler, and SWAT. He is a 2003 graduate of the Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command, and served as an instructor at the NSP Training Academy.
Friesz is a certified national instructor for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) “Leadership in Police Organizations” course, a trained “Subject Matter Expert” and a facilitator for the Data-Driver Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) operational model.
Patrol Superintendent Colonel David Sankey says Friesz has been a valuable member of the agency’s management team, and he is looking forward to the leadership Friesz will bring the Investigative Services Division.