Gov. Dayton Urges New Police Training Fund to be Named after Philando Castile
Dayton also appoints Castile's uncle to the Peace Office Standards Training Board
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Governor Mark Dayton today issued a letter to the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board, requesting that its members name a new law enforcement training fund in memory of Philando Castile, who was tragically killed one year ago today.
Gov. Dayton has requested the fund be named the “Philando Castile Law Enforcement Training Fund.”
“My hope is that the fund will provide training in the best practices to improve law enforcement’s relationships with people in all Minnesota communities, and will also create partnerships, in which community and law enforcement leaders are together designing and delivering that training,” Governor Dayton stated in the letter.
Dayton’s request follows the same recommendation form the Governor’s Council on Law Enforcement and Community Relations. The Council, comprised of community leaders, law enforcement officials, and state law makers, this year recommended new investments in police training to enhance the safety of Minnesotans and the law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line every day to protect and serve their communities. These new investments, totaling $12 million, passed with bipartisan support during this year’s legislative session.
In addition to his request, Dayton appointed Philando Castile’s uncle, Clarence Castile, to the POST Board. Clarence was a previous member and auditor of the executive board of the Laborers Union #132, as well as an employee in several department with the City of St. Paul. He was recently named a reserve officer in the St. Paul Police Department.