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Update on Board work in FY 21-23

​From the Executive Director:

Happy New Year to all!​ 

In an effort to be more transparent and keep interested stakeholders informed, I plan on sending out highlights/updates on POST Board activities as regularly as I can.

Please see the document link below.

This spreadsheet identifies the many actions that the board has taken with regard to the IADLEST audit as well as some legislative recommendations.  It also provides an estimate of the board's progress on these various initiatives.

The intent of this is to provide feedback to our stakeholders such as legislators, the governor's office, interested community members, law enforcement partners, etc. I think this demonstrates the board is taking on many of the things asked of us or that we have identified as needing change. I often hear words like “we know the board is being pulled in a lot of directions and has a lot on their plate" but I don't think everyone truly understands the total picture. Hopefully, this document provides a bit of a snapshot.

As Board staff, we are doing a lot of other things operationally with IT systems, business processes, etc. but I decided to specifically address the ongoing work with the IADLEST audit and some legislative recommendations.

I hope that you find this document useful and informative.

Board Actions and Progress Report FY21-23​

​Erik Misselt

Executive Director

Evolving Training Standards for Mandatory Continuing Education

​From Assistant Executive Director Mike Meehan:


Old Standard

Since July 1st, 2018 all licensed peace officers in Minnesota have been required to complete at least 16 continuing education credits during their three-year licensing cycle in the following categories:

  • Crisis intervention and mental illness crisis training
  • Conflict management and mediation
  • Recognizing and valuing community diversity and cultural differences to include implicit bias training

The 16 continuing education credits could be spread out between the three categories in any ratio, with at least one credit in each category.

New Standard

Effective July 1st, 2021, the legislature has changed these training standards.  For officers renewing their license by June 30th, 2022, the training standard includes all the above requirements but clarifies the amount of credits in one category and adds an additional category:

  • A minimum of six (6) continuing education credits for crisis intervention and mental illness training
  • Four (4) continuing education credits in a new category, safer interactions between peace officers and persons with autism

Important: the new training standard did not increase the total amount of mandatory training credits; that amount remains at 16 credits total (now spread out among 4 categories instead of three).

Autism Training

At P.O.S.T., we are starting to receive inquiries regarding the new autism training. 

Officers renewing their license by June 30th, 2022 must have the four hours of autism training (as well as the six hours of CIT credits). 

It is possible for officers with access to the LMCIT PATROL on-line training to complete all four hours of the autism training prior to renewal by June 30th, 2022.  Here is the latest from the League:

“It is possible for an officer to obtain all four hours by taking the current 'Serving Those with Autism Spectrum Disorder' prior to December 1, 2021 and then taking the three new autism courses that will be released in December and early 2022."

Training must be P.O.S.T. Approved

Per the state legislature, training provided in these categories must be conducted by an approved entity.

The MN P.O.S.T Board maintains a list of approved training entities and courses, which is available via the link below.