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Community Listening Session on Police-Involved Deadly Force Encounters

Community Listening Session on Reducing Deadly Force Encounters. Commissioner John Harrington and Attorney General Keith Ellison

Attorney General Keith Ellison and Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington have been traveling the state and hosting a series of hearings on reducing and responding to police-involved deadly force encounters. The Attorney General and Commissioner will be hosting a community listening session from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at Hobson Memorial Union at Bemidji State University.

This event is free and open to the public.

A listening session is also scheduled to take place from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, at Worthington Senior High School.

Working Group to Focus on Police-Involved Deadly Force Encounters in Minnesota

​​Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington have convened a working group on police-involved deadly force encounters. Together they are serving as co-chairs of the group. The group will provide opportunities for people across the state to have a voice in developing recommendations, which may include policy, procedure, legislation, programming and training. The group will solicit feedback statewide in several ways, including witness testimony, online submissions and public comment.

Get more information and hearing dates on the Working Group's website.

Budget for One Minnesota Invests in Public Safety

Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan’s Budget for One Minnesota strengthens communities by making investments in local and state government so that residents can count on public safety officials to:

  • Provide outstanding customer service.
  • Investigate and address violent crimes.
  • Help prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies and disasters.
Individuals and communities thrive when there is efficient public service, prevention of and protection from crime and violence, and continuity in the face of a crisis. The Governor and Lt. Governor built a public safety budget that enables people to thrive in a safer Minnesota. Learn how the budget supports DPS divisions and programs.