Senator Karla Bigham Introduces Legislation to Support Police Officer Recruitment and Retention

On Monday morning, Senator Karla Bigham (DFL – Cottage Grove) joined House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler and members of the House DFL caucus to unveil new legislation aimed at supporting local police departments with the recruitment and retention of police officers in Minnesota. Senator Bigham is the author of the companion bill, SF 3316, in the Senate.

“I am proud to support this proposal, which will help our police departments address acute staffing shortages at this critical moment,” said Senator Bigham. “This legislation will focus on supporting law enforcement recruits with tuition reimbursement and hiring bonuses while also creating a clear pathway to become a police officer in Minnesota. It will also help communities to dedicate personnel and resources to crime prevention and proactive community policing. I am hopeful that the Senate majority will take up this bill in committee and that we can move forward as a legislature to address this issue, which is top of mind for many Minnesotans.”

Karla Bigham represents District 54 in the southeast Twin Cities metro, including parts of Dakota and Washington counties.

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