Sergeant Maksim “Max” G. Yakovlev began with the Burnsville Police Department in 1999. Over the last 17 years, he has excelled in multiple roles including as a community service officer, patrol officer, use of force instructor, Emergency Action Group (EAG) tactical team member, field training officer, investigator and now sergeant.
A strong work ethic, positive attitude, exceptional leadership skills and respect for and of his peers all contributed to Sergeant Yakovlev being named Burnsville’s 2016 Officer of the Year.
In nearly two decades with the Burnsville Police Department, Sergeant Yakovlev has been committed to learning and developing new skills. He also understands the importance of passing his knowledge on to others.
As a certified “Master Instructor” with the State of Minnesota, Sergeant Yakovlev is a highly sought-after tactical and use-of-force instructor in the region. He also teaches at Rasmussen College in the Twin Cities, which allows him to share his knowledge with the next generation of police officers.
In March 2016, Sergeant Yakovlev was one of several officers involved in a fatal officer-involved shooting – the first in Burnsville in 35 years. Although faced with an extremely dangerous situation and a tragic outcome, he remained calm with his officers on scene, evaluated several options, provided clear information and direction, and constantly checked on his officers to make sure they were okay.
“Sergeant Yakovlev is devoted to law enforcement and the Burnsville community,” said Burnsville Police Chief Eric Gieseke. “We are proud to have him as an officer, and he is very deserving of Burnsville’s 2016 Police Officer of the Year award.”
For more information visit www.burnsville.org/officer.
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