Dayton launches police, community relations task force

Dayton forms police-community relations council

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Governor Mark Dayton has announced the establishment of a task force dedicated to improving relations between Minnesota communities and law enforcement officers.

The executive order was announced Wednesday. The council, known as the Governor’s Council on Law Enforcement and Community Relations, will also be tasked with reviewing best police practices, and recommending specific reforms.

The council is co-chaired by Fourth District Judge Pamela G. Alexander and Grand Rapids Police Chief Scott Johnson. Members included represent communities of color, law enforcement officers, the legal community, faith organizations, young people, local governments, the families of Jamar Clark and Philando Castile, and the Minnesota Legislative and Executive branches, among others.

“It is essential that Minnesota’s law enforcement and criminal justice systems work for all Minnesotans, including both our law enforcement officers and the communities they bravely serve,” said Dayton. “This Council is an important first step to ensuring greater trust, safety, and justice for all Minnesotans. I look forward to receiving the Council’s recommendations.”

The council’s preliminary recommendations are due to Governor Dayton and the Minnesota Legislature by February 15, 2017, with their final report due by June 30, 2017.


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