Police training fund should be named after Philando Castile, governor says

The state committed to spend another $12 million on officer training and standards.

The state of Minnesota will invest $12 million to better train law enforcement officers, and Gov. Mark Dayton says the fund should be named after Philando Castile.

Dayton, on the one-year anniversary of Castile's shooting death by police, wrote a letter to the group getting the money (called the Peace Officer Standards and Training Board). In it, he asked them to name the $12 million fund the "Philando Castile Law Enforcement Training Fund."

"I believe it is imperative that the leaders in our state's ever-more-diverse communities and in their law enforcement organizations commit – or recommit – themselves to making changes together that will lead toward better relationships among law enforcement officers and members of those communities," the governor said in a news release.

The governor's Council on Law Enforcement and Community Relations (a different group from the Peace Officer Standards board) also previously recommended the renaming. The board will have to vote on it.

Dayton called the $12 million in funding – approved by lawmakers in the Legislature this year – an "important step toward that goal."

What the new training will include

This hasn't been decided.

The 15 members of the Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (often referred to as the POST Board) will get to figure out what new training and standards should be implemented using the money.

You can see the current use of force learning objectives laid out by the POST Board here.

The board dates back to 1967, though has undergone some changes.

Castile's uncle is named to the board

On Thursday, Dayton also appointed three new members to the POST Board – and one of them is Philando Castile's uncle.

Clarence Castile owns a landscaping and plowing business, is on Dayton's Law Enforcement and Community Relations council, and was recently named a reserve officer with the St. Paul Police Department.

He'll take his spot on the POST Board officially on July 11, with his term running until January of 2021.

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