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Bill eliminates 'part-time' cops

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Bill eliminates 'part-time' cops
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Legislature has voted to eliminate licenses for part-time law enforcement officers.

While police still could work part time, they would need to have the same licenses as full-time officers. The 175 officers working under part-time licenses could keep their current jobs.

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Sen. Ron Latz, D-St. Louis Park, said Wednesday that his bill is backed by police groups and law enforcement officials.

"We have plenty of full-time licensees who are willing and able to fill the part-time positions in police departments and the police departments generally like full time licensed police officers better," Latz said.

Latz said part-time licenses require less training than for full-time officers.

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