On the final day of the second special session, Senate Republicans passed a second portion of police reforms.
The agreed-upon legislation starts with 10 provisions originally supported by the Senate in the previous special session, and includes five additional major reforms to policing:
The first portion of police accountability measures, passed in June, included the following:
- Continued funding for enhanced training for law enforcement officers in crisis intervention, cultural diversity, and mental illness.
- Helping police officers deal with stress and trauma after critical incidents.
- Expanding background checks for employees of law enforcement agencies.
- Mandatory reporting of deadly force incidents to the BCA.
- Banning chokeholds and neck restraints through a uniform policy on use of force.
- Requiring a duty to intervene and report for officers on the scene of an excessive force incident.
- Instructing officers to preserve the sanctity of life and use non-deadly force whenever possible.
- Adding two new community members to the POST Board, appointed by the governor.
- Adding four hours of mandatory autism training to the current 48 hours for each peace officer required every licensing cycle.
- Clarifying the type of mental illness crisis training that is required with further detail in the statutory language.
Five additional reforms to policing passed this week:
- Bans the use of “warrior” style training
- POST Board membership changes to create the Ensuring Police Excellence and Improving Community Relations Advisory Council; adds a member from the public to the POST board Complaint Investigation Committee
- Create a POST board database of public, anonymized peace officer data
- Authorizes local municipalities to provide residency incentives for peace officers to live in the communities they serve
- Establishes an independent investigatory unit in the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
Senator Roger Chamberlain (R-Lino Lakes) commented, “Most Minnesota police departments are run with integrity. This bill enhances that integrity and provides consistency across the state.