Mayor Frey Releases Statement In Response To Announcement

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Following Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey’s banning of “fear-based, warrior style” training for Minneapolis police, an online training program will be offered free to all Minneapolis police officers.

On Wednesday, the exclusive partnership was announced between “Law Officer” and the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis to provide the training. Law Officer training includes officer survival, leadership, fitness, deescalation and emergency vehicle operations.

The offering of the free training will continue for the remainder of Frey’s term.

Director of training for Law Officer, Travis Yates, says the training is valued at $55,000 each year and will provide relevant training each day of the week via phone app and private website.

“It is both an honor and privilege to provide the heroes of the Minneapolis Police Department daily training that can ensure they will return home each day to their family regardless of the dangers that they may face and the ignorance of some politicians,” Yates said in a statement.

The president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, Lt. Bob Kroll, thanked Law Officer for defying the demands of Mayor Frey and providing the training.

“Law Officer brings our officers state of the art warrior training that we are proud to embrace and while it seems that the lives of our officers are not important to politicians, they certainly are by Law Officer and we are grateful for this partnership,” Kroll said.

In response to the training announcement, Mayor Frey released a statement.

“We have adopted this new policy because proper training on use of force and de-escalation is of paramount importance. Officers found to pursue any training that conflicts with MPD’s training and has not been preapproved will be subject to discipline,” Frey said.

Frey’s policy change, which was effective Thursday, April 18, will require Minneapolis police officers to obtain approval from Chief Medaria Arradondo or his administration to pursue external use-of-force or deescalation training.

Minneapolis Police Public Information Officer John Elder released a statement Wednesday evening on behalf of the department.

“The new training policy was enacted to ensure that officers only receive training on use of force and deescalation that is consistent with the carefully developed training provided by the Minneapolis Police Department. The policy just requires pre-approval for external trainings on these topics to make sure there is not a conflict. The MPD encourages and supports training for its staff that encompasses officer and community safety based on procedurally just methodology,” Elder said.

Comments (30)
  1. I wonder whether Officer Noor underwent this training. That would explain a lot. I can’t possibly be the only person to notice this.

  2. Anton Savarese says:

    Unfortunately for the MPD, Jacob Frey is a careless and dangerous idiot.. If he had his way he would disarm all MPD officers, and let them get seriously injured or killed..

    1. Charlie Waters says:

      Here is the problem. This training teaches them that every encounter can be their last, and that the only thing that matters is that THEY make it home. The quote is even in the story. Not that YOU make it home. We don’t teach heroes to think of themselves above all else, that is precisely how you get terrified rabbits shooting at shadows. Or women in their pajamas.

      1. Very well stated, Charlie Waters. I completely agree. MPD has a LOT of damage control to deal with. People of color have always been afraid to call the police. Now white people are also.

      2. Mike Simpson says:

        Where did you attend the training? Because, when I attended it, the message was the exact opposite of what you just described. Which law enforcement agency do you work for?

  3. We need tough cops to battle the gangs, drug dealers, criminals and all other “dark” crime in the city.

  4. Sue Zappa says:

    Unless you’re a police officer or have worked in the past 5 years as an officer, you don’t know what they face every time they go to work. And, you have no idea what kind of training is necessary to deal with the criminals & situation they face every day. For LEOs, every time they leave home, they & their families know they might not come back. Do you folks have that reality every time you leave for work??? If you don’t, you don’t know the gratitude Lt. Kroll has from many LEOs & their families, & from many members of the city who’ve been saved by heroic intervention by officers who are properly trained!