Lyle Lorenson began his career with the Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office in December of 1979 and was appointed Chief Deputy by Sheriff Scott McNurlin in January of 2011. Upon entering law enforcement he attended the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Police Rookie School, at Arden Hills, MN. Along with numerous other trainings and schools throughout his career, Lyle has also completed the F.B.I. Law Enforcement Executive Training Seminar in 2007 and is a 2009 graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy in Quanico, VA.
Lyle’s entire law enforcement career has been with the Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office
He started as a Jailer/Dispatcher and in February of 1981 was promoted to Deputy Patrolman. In June of 1988 he became the Sheriff’s Office first canine handler with his German Shepherd partner Major. During their working time together the canine team was the recipient of many regional and national awards from the United States Police Canine Association.
In October of 1988 Lyle was promoted to Patrol Sergeant until being promoted to Investigator in January of 1995. In January of 1999 he was promoted to the position of Major and assigned the duties of being the agency’s patrol commander. Throughout the majority of his law enforcement tenure Lyle was a use of force trainer, firearms instructor and tactical team trainer. In 1993 he became a team member with the Goodhue County Emergency Response Team (SWAT). In 1997 he was appointed the team’s Assistant Commander and in 2000 was appointed the team’s Tactical Commander, a position he held until 2007. In 1993 Lyle had the honor of being name “Police Officer of The Year” by the Third District American Legion Department of Minnesota.
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