CLC instructor to participate in law enforcement reform task force
The task force is one element of Minnesota State’s multipronged approach to law enforcement education reform in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd.
Central Lakes College law enforcement instructor Gae Davis is part of Minnesota State’s task force on law enforcement education reform.
The new task force will lead a critical examination of current law enforcement education programs across the Minnesota State system using an anti-racism and equity-focused lens. The action is one element of Minnesota State’s multipronged approach to law enforcement education reform in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd.
“The colleges and universities of Minnesota State are an essential resource for meeting the workforce needs of the state, including the workforce needs of professional peace officers,” Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra stated in a news release. “We are in a unique position to guide meaningful reform of law enforcement education. Our role will focus on directly addressing issues of racism and social justice by producing graduates who are culturally competent and ready to serve and protect all of our communities, regardless of race, ethnicity, or national origin.”
The task force will advise the board of trustees and system leadership on issues, initiatives, programming and priorities relative to an anti-racist law enforcement education. The task force will not only help to set priorities for Minnesota State regarding law enforcement education, but also has the potential to impact law enforcement across the state.
Co-convened by George Soule, Minnesota State trustee; Dennis Olson, commissioner of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education; and Satasha Green-Stephen, associate vice chancellor of Minnesota State, the task force is composed of about 30 members representing a wide, diverse and inclusive cross-section of external and internal key stakeholders, the release stated.
“It is imperative,” continued Malhotra, “that, through this taskforce, we leverage collaborative partnerships with other entities engaged in law enforcement education and reform, including the POST Board, the University of Minnesota, K-12 partners, community organizations, citizen groups, police departments and precincts, political leaders, and other state agencies.”
More information on the task force and its members is available at MinnState.edu/le .
Other elements of the Minnesota State approach to law enforcement education reform include:
Conducting a quality assurance and program review of law enforcement programs at Minnesota State colleges and universities.
Forming a law enforcement faculty community of practice that will conduct a review of the Minnesota Board of Peace Officers Standards and Training, or POST Board, standards and compile recommended changes.
Developing a strategic plan for the recruitment and retention of faculty of color.
A total of 93 academic programs in law enforcement, criminal justice and related fields are offered across 24 Minnesota State colleges and universities. About 86% of Minnesota graduates in law enforcement graduated from one of the Minnesota State colleges or universities.