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Working Group

Commissioner's Office

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

State of Minnesota Working Group on Police-Involved Deadly Force Encounters

About the Working Group

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 working group will provide a framework for stakeholders statewide to have a voice in developing recommendations which may include policy, procedure, legislation, programming and training.

The working group will solicit feedback statewide in several ways including witness testimony, online submissions and public comment.


The working group will convene a series of hearings on the following topics

  • Investigation, Oversight and Accountability
  • Prevention, Training and Officer Wellness
  • Policy and Legal Implications

Each hearing will have three to four panels; each panel will consist of three to four witnesses who will provide testimony relevant to the theme for the day. Panels and witnesses will represent community, academia, subject matter experts, law enforcement and prosecutors.


Hearings will be open to the public.


At the conclusion of each hearing, there will be a public comment period for feedback relevant to the topics discussed.  All feedback – including witness testimony, in-person comments and email contact - will be documented for the record and considered during working group deliberations.


Hearing dates, locations and additional details are available on the Hearing Information page.


Final Report


A final report will be prepared that will include recommendations for preventing, investigating, and prosecuting police-involved deadly force encounters. This is expected by February 2020. The Office of the Attorney General and Department of Public Safety are committed to continuing engagement on these issues with stakeholders beyond the final report.