Bloomington Police recognized for inclusion efforts

The City of Bloomington and St. Louis Park received a 2019 Program Excellence Award for Community Diversity and Inclusion from the International City/County Management Association for Pathways to Policing—a program meant to attract candidates of color, women and others with nontraditional backgrounds to work as police officers. 

In 2016, the Bloomington Police and St. Louis Park Police worked together with the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training Board and Hennepin Technical College to develop the collaborative hiring program. 

Pathways removes barriers to nontraditional candidates who are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement. The program offers law enforcement training for candidates who have at least an associate’s degree, allowing them to complete training in four months rather than two years. Candidates are also paid wages and benefits to attend the training program.