Sections

Weather Forecast

Close
Advertisement

Legislature eliminates part-time police licenses

Email Sign up for Breaking News Alerts
news Detroit Lakes, 56501
Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

The Minnesota Legislature has voted to eliminate licenses for part-time law enforcement officers.

While police still could work part time, they would need to have the same licenses as full-time officers.

Advertisement
Advertisement

The 175 officers working under part-time licenses could keep their current jobs.

Sen. Ron Latz, D-St. Louis Park, said Wednesday that his bill is backed by police groups and law enforcement officials.

“We have plenty of full-time licensees who are willing and able to fill the part-time positions in police departments and the police departments generally like full time licensed police officers better,” Latz said.

Latz said part-time licenses require less training than for full-time officers.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement