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Phillips, law enforcement leaders to unveil bipartisan Pathways to Policing Act

Phillips’s bill was inspired by Minnesota’s award-winning “Pathway to Policing” program

BLOOMINGTON, MN — Rep. Dean Phillips will join state and local law enforcement leaders on Tuesday, May 31st, to unveil his Pathways to Policing Act, a new bipartisan bill to help state and local law enforcement agencies struggling to maintain adequate staffing levels recruit a new generation of public servants.

Endorsed by the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association, the Minnesota Fraternal Order of Police, and the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association, the Pathways to Policing Act would provide $50 million to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for marketing campaigns to boost recruitment nationwide, and an additional $50 million to create and operate Minnesota-styled “Pathways to Policing” programs supported by local and statewide marketing and recruiting efforts.

Priority for the grants to states, local governments, and law enforcement agencies under this program will be given to applicants seeking to build a diverse police force that represents the communities they serve.


Pathways to Policing Act Announcement


  • Rep. Dean Phillips 
  • John Harrington, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Public Safety
  • Jeff Potts, Executive Director, Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association
  • Dr. Booker Hodges, Chief of Police, City of Bloomington
  • Mike Harcey, Chief of Police, St. Louis Park
  • Lt. Pat Chelmo, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, 2nd Vice President and Legislative Director, Minnesota Fraternal Order of Police
  • Major Dawanna Witt, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office
  • Other state and local officials who have participated in the state’s Pathways program


  • Bloomington Civic Plaza, City Council Chambers,1800 West Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington.