Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association statement on Governor's recommendation to name the new training bill after Philando Castile

For Immediate Release:
Contact: Joe Sheeran
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Andy Skoogman
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Statement from Andy Skoogman, Executive Director of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association (July 7, 2017):

"Several police chiefs from agencies in the Metro and Greater Minnesota met with the Governor this morning. One topic of discussion centered around Governor Dayton’s push for the POST Board to name the recently passed law enforcement training bill after Philando Castile.
"When the state's law enforcement organizations proactively brought the proposal for additional training and funding to the legislature, the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association called the bill the 21st Century Policing Platform. We believe that is an appropriate name as the bill addresses many of the recommendations laid out in the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

"The loss of life under any circumstance is tragic and the natural inclination is to remember the person who died. But there are 10 thousand men and women in Minnesota who put their lives on the line every day as peace officers and many of them view this as undermining their dedication to community policing and the citizens they serve."