Minnesota Governor Tim Walz Announces Executive Action on Community Safety and Police Reform

The governor will direct $15 million from the American Rescue Plan Act toward community violence prevention, survivor support grants, and innovations in community safety grants. Those innovations were not announced, but sources at the Capitol tell KNSI the St. Cloud Community OutPost is being held up as a model of community policing and an example of violence prevention and community safety.

The governor also directed support for a data and process review to identify what data the Police Officer Standards and Training Board, or POST Board collects and making that data available on a public-facing dashboard. Walz is also directing follow through and making the community central to the work and on the Board’s current efforts to overhaul the rules of the Board, including the complaint investigations and a full review of the compliance process. In 2020, the Board did a top-to-bottom audit and was working toward “numerous reforms in process and how the profession of policing is trained and held accountable through licensure.”