Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association statement on Forest Lake City Council’s vote to contract law enforcement services

For Immediate Release:
Contact: Andy Skoogman
[email protected]

Statement from Andy Skoogman, Executive Director of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association (May 8, 2017):

"We are deeply disappointed in the Forest Lake City Council’s decision to outsource its law enforcement services, particularly as police officers across the state are being called upon to work harder than ever to build close, strong connections with the citizens they serve.

"The council’s short-sighted decision means Forest Lake residents lose the ability to provide valuable input into the hiring of their Chief Law Enforcement Officer, which we believe is an expression of a community’s values.  Local, community-based, control and oversight of policing is reflective in the policies and practices that govern the way law enforcement officers interact in the community. The council’s vote will undoubtedly result in job loss for some of Forest Lake’s contingent of committed police officers. Though we understand the economic challenges faced by communities large and small, we do not regard the outsourcing of essential public safety services as an effective tool for budget management.  

"The Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association has the utmost respect and admiration for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, but our Association is committed to supporting and standing with the people of Forest Lake who seek to explore other options to stop implementation of the city council’s decision. We believe those who live, work and visit Forest Lake are best served when locally-controlled, high quality police service is delivered."