Minnesota Police Reciprocal Certifications 2023-7-3

Sam Stecklow filed this request with the Minnesota Board Of Peace Officer Standards & Training of Minnesota.

It is a clone of this request.



From: Sam Stecklow

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a public records request made via MuckRock under the MN Data Practices Act, seeking records related to law enforcement officer certification in this state.

This request is brought by Big Local News along with a collaboration of news organizations, including ABC News, KQED, MuckRock, the Invisible Institute and other news organizations. Big Local News is a program of Stanford University’s Journalism and Democracy Initiative and helps journalists collect, process and analyze public data.

We request any spreadsheets, logs, data, or other similar documents maintained by MN POST sufficient to show the following information regarding law enforcement officers who receive basic training waivers in MN due to their previous certification in other states. Specifically, please provide as many of the following data points as are maintained:

- Unique ID
- Name
- Previous state that the officer was previously certified by
- Date of MN certification

If your certification system contains data elements not listed above, please include them in the response, provided they are releasable under the law. On the other hand, we recognize some of the information we are asking for may not be tracked by your system. If that is the case, we are willing to accept as many of the data elements as your agency maintains. If some records are more readily available, we are happy to receive partial information as soon as possible while the remaining request is processed.

In addition to the data elements listed, we request documentation necessary to understand and interpret the data, including but not limited to record layouts, data dictionaries, code sheets, lookup tables, etc.

Our preference is to receive structured data provided in a machine-readable text file, such as delimited or fixed-width formats. We can also handle a variety of other data formats including SQL databases, Excel workbooks and MS Access. If there are additional formats your agency would prefer to provide, please let us know.

We are seeking this information as a news media organization on a matter of public interest concerning the conduct of government. As such, we ask for a waiver of all fees, if allowed under state law. If fees are necessary to reimburse the agency for actual costs, we agree to pay up to $100. If costs exceed that amount, please let us know before fulfilling the request.

Please send clarifications and questions via electronic communication at any time. Thank you very much for your time and attention to this request.

Sam Stecklow
Invisible Institute

From: Minnesota Board Of Peace Officer Standards & Training

See attached per data request below. This response and any attachments constitutes the entirety of the POST Board response to your inquiry.

Erik Misselt - Executive Director

Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training
1600 University Avenue, Suite 200, Saint Paul, MN 55104
Main: (651) 643-3060 | www.mn.gov/post/<http://www.mn.gov/post/>
Direct # 651-201-7789

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