ST. PAUL – To ensure a level of trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) is hosting a series of listening sessions around the state to explore the values and characteristics community members believe contribute to trust in police officers.
Community members throughout Minnesota will be able to provide recommendations about what they believe is most important in the recruitment and selection of women and men for state law enforcement agencies including the Minnesota State Patrol, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement.
Beginning next week, DPS will hold 90-minute listening and information gathering sessions in the following cities:
Rochester - July 30, 10 -11:30 a.m., Century Senior High School
Burnsville - August 8, 10 -11:30 a.m., Burnsville High School
Maple Grove - August 14, 10 -11:30 a.m., Maple Grove Middle School
Thief River Falls - August 15, 10-11:30 a.m., Thief River Falls High School
Marshall - August 15, 6-7:30 p.m., MERIT Training Center
St. Cloud - August 16, 10 -11:30 a.m., Quarryview Education Center
St. Paul – August 19, 10-11:30 a.m., Central High School
Duluth- August 23, 10-11:30 a.m., Duluth East High School
International Falls - August 23, 6-7:30 p.m., International Falls High School
Minneapolis - August 27, 10 -11:30 a.m., John B. Davis Education Service Center, 1250 W Broadway Ave.
“The input we receive at these listening sessions will help guide us in the recruitment and hiring of officers, agents and troopers, ensuring that we are in alignment with community and stakeholder values,” said Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington. “Our hope is that intentionally involving the community in this process will result in an increased level of trust and provide a framework that other police departments around the state may wish to follow.”
Information gathered at the sessions will be available on the DPS website. DPS will host a follow-up meeting next year to explain how participants’ input was integrated into the agency’s recruitment and selection polices. In addition, participants will be able to meet employees who were hired as a result of the process.
About the Minnesota Department Public Safety
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) comprises 11 divisions where 2,100 employees operate programs in the areas of law enforcement, crime victim assistance, traffic safety, alcohol and gambling, emergency communications, fire safety, pipeline safety, driver licensing, vehicle registration and emergency management. DPS activity is anchored by three core principles: education, enforcement and prevention.