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About the POST Board

History​

Minnesota’s first step toward regulating the practice of law enforcement came in 1967 when the Minnesota Peace Officer Training Board (MPOTB) was created by the legislature.  Beginning in 1968, MPOTB’s responsibilities included certification of agencies offering police academy training. The certification of training programs was an attempt to standardize police training in the state.

In 1977, the Minnesota legislature debated the role of law enforcement in society and then passed several amendments to the original MPOTB legislation. These amendments abolished the MPOTB and replaced it with the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).  The mission of the POST Board was to create the first law enforcement occupational licensing system in the United States, establish law enforcement licensing and training requirements, and set standards for law enforcement agencies and officers.

As an occupational regulatory agency, POST is responsible for licensing over 10,500 active peace officers and over 250 active part-time peace officers.  The board has the legislative authority to adopt administrative rules that have the force and effect of law, rules that enable the board to establish policies and standards to which all licensees must adhere.

 

Function of the Board

To implement the board’s mission, the board and its staff perform the following functions:

  • Administer a professional licensing program, which includes examination development and administration, licensure, and re-licensure.
  • Develop, coordinate, and approve continuing education programs for peace officers and part-time peace officers.
  • Work cooperatively with law enforcement trainers, educators and practitioners to develop in-service training programs.
  • Help offset local governments’ expenses for peace officer training through administration of a reimbursement program. 
  • Develop learning objectives for and certify the Professional Peace Officer Education programs at participating colleges and universities.
  • Provide technical assistance to colleges, universities, law enforcement agencies and other groups involved in the practice of law enforcement and law enforcement education.
  • Conduct studies and research projects that relate to peace officer education and the practice of law enforcement.
  • Establish and implement professional policy standards of conduct for agencies.
  • Process allegations of professional misconduct and the unauthorized practice of law enforcement.
  • Prepare and transmit annually to the Governor and legislature a report of activities.