Media Relations

Statement: Law enforcement training at Hennepin Technical College

The Hennepin Technical College community is heartbroken over the death of George Floyd while in police custody. We share in the grief and pain felt across our state and our nation. The police officers' actions in Mr. Floyd's death violated law enforcement standards taught by Hennepin Technical College.

Racism and racial bias have no place in law enforcement. Minnesota State and Hennepin Technical College are fully committed to ending discrimination and racism in all of its forms, and to providing a safe, respectful, and supportive learning environment for all of our students. There is no level of discrimination, racism, or bias that is acceptable in the Minnesota State system.

Law enforcement training at Hennepin Technical College represents only one component of the requirements for Peace Officer licensure. Also, local law enforcement agencies routinely provide additional advanced skills training after officers have completed their education at our law enforcement center. The restraint method that was applied to George Floyd has never been taught at our Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Center. We design our curriculum to meet the standards defined by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). As these standards change, we will continue to work with POST to develop the programs and curriculum that meet these standards, the needs of our students, and the needs of our communities throughout Minnesota.

 


 

The office of communications is available to respond to inquiries from the news media and can also assist with contacting experts in a variety of academic programs.

  • Media with inquiries should contact Lisa Kiava at (952)995-1444 or lisa.kiava@hennepintech.edu.
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