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New Mandated Training Questions and Answers

The 2017 Minnesota Legislature passed Minn. Stat. 626.8469………….

626.8469 TRAINING IN CRISIS RESPONSE, CONFLICT MANAGEMENT, AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY.
  Subdivision 1.  In-service training required.  Beginning July 1, 2018, the chief law enforcement officer of every state and local law enforcement agency shall provide in-service training in crisis intervention and mental illness crises; conflict management and mediation; and recognizing and valuing community diversity and cultural differences to include implicit bias training to every peace officer and part-time peace officer employed by the agency. The training shall comply with learning objectives developed and approved by the board and shall meet board requirements for board-approved continuing education credit. The training shall consist of at least 16 continuing education credits within an officer's three-year licensing cycle. Each peace officer with a license renewal date after June 30, 2018, is not required to complete this training until the officer's next full three-year licensing cycle.

Subd. 2.  Record keeping required.  The head of every local and state law enforcement agency shall maintain written records of the agency's compliance with the requirements of subdivision 1. The documentation is subject to periodic review by the board, and shall be made available to the board at its request.

Subd. 3.  Licensing sanctions; injunctive relief.  The board may impose licensing sanctions and seek injunctive relief under section 214.11 for failure to comply with the requirements of this section.

History:   2017 c 95 art 3 s 26

How do I know when each officer is required to receive the new mandated training?  

 

The first group of officers who will be required to receive the new mandated training are officers whose licenses expire on June 30, 2018. These officers will start their “full three year licensing cycle” on July 1, 2018.  Therefore, these officers will need to complete at least 16 hours of training after July 1, 2018 and finish before June 30, 2021 and every license renewal cycle thereafter.

The second group are officers whose licenses expire on June 30, 2019. These officers will start their “full three year licensing cycle” on July 1, 2019.  Therefore, these officers will need to complete at least 16 hours of training after July 1, 2019 and finish before June 30, 2022 and every license renewal cycle thereafter.

The third group are officers whose licenses expire on June 30, 2020. These officers will start their “full three year licensing cycle” on July 1, 2020.  Therefore, these officers will need to complete at least 16 hours of training after July 1, 2020 and finish before June 30, 2023 and every license renewal cycle thereafter.

  Will our agency receive reimbursement monies for this training?

Yes, the legislature appropriated $6 million in 2018 and $6 million in 2019.  The $6 million will be added to the existing reimbursement monies, nearly tripling the per officer share in 2018 and 2019.

Specifically how much training is required?

The statute requires officers complete at least 16 hours of continuing education in the three areas: 1) crisis intervention and mental illness crises, 2) conflict management and mediation, and 3) recognizing and valuing community diversity and cultural differences to include implicit bias. That’s 16 hours total - not 16 hours in each topic. Four hours of training in each of two of the topics areas, and 8 in the third would meet the requirement as would any other combination that totaled at least 16 hours but it must include all three areas.

What must the training include?

The statute requires the training comply with learning objectives to be developed and approved by the POST Board.  The Board is in the process of developing those objectives and hope to have them approved and available for distribution early in 2018.

The POST Board expects to build a set of objectives in each of the three newly mandated areas that will allow officers and agencies to choose from among a narrow set of core training objectives that align the intent of the legislation.

This way the training can be tailored to the educational needs of officers and the communities they serve.  More information on this will be provided when the objects are complete but the idea is, we know officers are at different starting places with regard to their training needs.  We believe this training will be most effective if it is flexible enough to incorporate local services and resources and allows for officer’s knowledge and skills to grow and develop over time.

***Watch this website for more information as we proceed with plans to implement the requirements of this new law.  Once the objectives are developed, agencies can expect to see them here along with helpful guidelines for “best practices” and finding training resources.***