Will  Bernhjelm

Will Bernhjelm

Security Director at Mall of America

As the Security Director for North America’s largest entertainment and retail complex, Bernhjelm’s main responsibility is ensuring the safety of the 40 million annual visitors, employees, and celebrity guests. His role includes managerial direction and control of over 120 personnel, partnering with local, state, and federal authorities, managing the department budget, and a pro-active approach to designing and implementing unique procedures and programs focused on prevention rather than reaction to incidents. He holds a security clearance through the FBI, serves on the Training and Education committee for the FBI’s Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC) and is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association, Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) and American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS).  Bernhjelm started at Mall of America in 2002 and prior to becoming Director, he held the positions of Deputy Director, Patrol Captain and Training Supervisor for the Security Department.  Bernhjelm holds an A.A. in Law Enforcement from Alexandria Technical College and a B.A. in Criminal Justice from St. Cloud State University. During college, he enlisted in the Minnesota Army National Guard and in his 10-year career, was deployed twice overseas. Bernhjelm was awarded the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantry Badge.

Large Venue Protection in 2021
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)