Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association: Fewer People Want to Be Police Officers

By Melanie Arter | June 1, 2020 | 3:45pm EDT
A demonstrator raises her fist in front of a police line blocking freeway access during a protest over the death of George Floyd on May 31 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. - Thousands of National Guard troops patrolled major US cities after five consecutive nights of protests over racism and police brutality that boiled over into arson and looting, sending shock waves through the country. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images)
A demonstrator raises her fist in front of a police line blocking freeway access during a protest over the death of George Floyd on May 31 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association Executive Director Andy Skoogman told “Fox News Sunday” that the police need to do a better job with law enforcement and recruiting new officers in communities of color, but he noted that “fewer and fewer people” want to be police officers.

“We need to do a better job with law enforcement and in communities of color about recruiting new officers. I'm extremely concerned about the future of law enforcement across the country. We are seeing fewer and fewer people who want to be police officers, whether -- no matter what race they are, and that's a huge problem,” Skoogman said.

He said they need to do away with the “us versus them mentality” and continue to work together. Also, he called for continued training on “implicit bias.”
“We got to continue the training that we put together here in Minnesota and across the country around implicit bias, training isn't everything but it's certainly a start,” Skoogman said.

He said the arbitration process needs to be changed.

“The final thing that I can say about this is I believe that the arbitration process in our country needs to be changed. We have officers that violate public policy, they have a pattern of doing that, police chiefs and sheriffs try to fire them and our courts reinstate those jobs. So, there is a whole thing to look at from a variety of angles,” Skoogman said.

After George Floyd’s death during a police arrest in Minneapolis, Minn., Skoogman issued a statement saying his association was “appalled” at Officer Derek Chauvin’s actions. 

When asked why, Skoogman said, “When we spoke last week, you and I spoke, I think there's a national narrative, or there had been last week, that police officers in Minnesota are being trained in the technique that Derek Chauvin used, and that is simply not the case. It is the furthest from the truth that exists.

“We did condemn the actions of the officer, not only the technique used by Derek Chauvin, but the lack of empathy shown by the other officers on the scene. We did commend Chief Medaria Arradondo from Minneapolis for his quick actions in terminating those officers and, you know, maybe lay folks don't understand, but the ability to terminate an officer that quickly is unprecedented, it doesn't happen very much,” he said.

Skoogman said the police officer’s actions during the Floyd arrest were “not aligned” with the values that Minneapolis police chief “has worked to instill over his tenure.”

“So, as Attorney General Keith Ellison said in your previous segment, Medaria Arradondo is a phenomenal police chief, and he did all the right things here. What those officers did in that video certainly not aligned with all the values that the chief of Minneapolis has worked to instill over his tenure,” he said.

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