Justin Terrell, executive director of the Minnesota Justice Research Center and new POST Board member. Courtesy photo.
Gov. Tim Walz announced seven new appointees to the Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board today, a once-obscure panel thrust into the spotlight since the police killing of George Floyd.
“After the death of George Floyd, we engaged Minnesotans across the state in conversations around criminal justice reform,” Walz said in a statement. “These appointees will bring extensive experience and diverse voices that will help ensure the POST Board is responsive to the needs of our communities.”
The 17-member POST Board oversees the training and licensing of police officers in Minnesota and has administrative rule-making authority. The new members will fill seven vacancies on the board, including two new positions under the Minnesota Police Accountability Act, which Walz signed in July. That bill banned chokeholds and so-called warrior training while enhancing mental health and autism training. It also created a Police-Community Relations Council. After a recent audit, POST has begun to overhaul old rules in favor of transparency and building trust in law enforcement.
The current training requirements also include 16 hours of in-service training every three years, which includes de-escalation, conflict management and cultural diversity.
The new POST Board members will start their term on Feb. 16. The new members are:
- Justin Terrell of Richfield is the executive director of the Minnesota Justice Research Center and is part of the Police and Black Men Project, which is a collaboration between the Minneapolis Police Department and the University of Minnesota.
- Liz Richards of St. Paul is the executive director at Violence Free Minnesota: the Coalition to End Relationship Abuse, and has worked for 35 years to curb domestic violence.
- Justin Page of Minneapolis is an attorney with the Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid and Minnesota Disability Law Center and a board member for the Page Education Foundation.
- Nigel Perrote of Minneapolis is the national and state programs director for the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault and previously was a tribal liaison for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
- Shelly Schaefer of Apple Valley is a Hamline University professor and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Forensic Science.
- Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux is the mayor of Grand Marais.
- Jennifer Foster Albright of Brooklyn Park is a police officer with the Brooklyn Park Police Department and a member of the S.W.A.T./crisis negotiations team.
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