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Minnesota DFLers unveil plan to recruit police officers with 'strong moral character'

A new program would provide free tuition, bonuses and other incentives to attract high school and college graduates to law enforcement


February 22, 2022

Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune file

House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler, speaking with House Speaker Melissa Hortman on the floor, says the bill is the product of conversations with law enfocement.

Minnesota DFLers say a proposed new program to recruit and retain police officers "with strong moral character" would help address a statewide staffing shortage and build law enforcement agencies that look more like the communities they serve.

The program, outlined in legislation that a group of House and Senate Democrats unveiled Monday, would provide free tuition, job placement assistance, signing and retention bonuses and other incentives to "highly qualified" high school and college graduates who pursue law enforcement training through the Minnesota State system.

"We have put together a bill that is built on the premise that Minnesota can recruit, can hire, can train and can retain the kinds of police officers who reflect our communities' values," said House Majority Leader Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley.


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