Examining how Minnesota police officers are trained

A St. Paul Police car sits outside of a Walmart.
A St. Paul Police vehicle sits in a designated parking spot outside of a Walmart in St. Paul.
Evan Frost | MPR News 2016

The calls for changes in policing following George Floyd’s killing in late May include a closer look at what training programs are teaching law enforcement officers long before they hit the streets.

Minnesota State University, Mankato has one of the largest training programs for police officers, and program leaders have been holding a series of town hall meetings with community members to start a dialogue about what changes are needed.

MPR News host Angela Davis talks with three experts in policing about the standards Minneapolis police trainees are held to, and what’s being changed.


  • Pat Nelson is the faculty chair of the Department of Government at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

  • Roger New is chief of the Eagan Police Department.

  • Mylan Masson is a former Minneapolis police officer and former director of the law enforcement program at Hennepin Technical College. She has served on the Minnesota Police Officers Standards and Training Board for more than 20 years.

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