Former Cloquet Police Department Chief Wade Lamirande was appointed to serve on Minnesota State’s Task Force on Law Enforcement Education Reform recently.

The task force will lead a “critical examination” of law enforcement education programs across the Minnesota State system, according to a press release.

Minnesota State, the third largest system of state colleges and universities in the nation, convened the task force in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in police custody May 25.

“The Taskforce will advise the Board of Trustees and system leadership on issues, initiatives, programming, and priorities relative to an anti-racist law enforcement education,” Minnesota State Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and task force co-convener Satasha Green-Stephen said in a statement. “It will not only help to set priorities for Minnesota State regarding law enforcement education, but also has the potential to impact law enforcement across the state.”

Lamirande served in the CPD’s top job until 2014, when he left to become the law enforcement program coordinator at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet, part of the Minnesota State system.

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“We asked Wade to participate because he leads one of Minnesota State’s largest law enforcement classroom training programs and because he brings 26 years in law enforcement as a chief of police, detective and patrol officer,” Green-Stephen said. “His skills and experience will be very helpful as we build collaborative partnerships with other entities engaged in law enforcement education and reform.”

Lamirande said he hopes the task force, which has already met once, can develop a “cultural diversity” class that is part of all the Minnesota State law enforcement training programs. Another goal is to recruit and retain a more diverse range of students and faculty in programs around the state.

Other elements of the task force include conducting a review of law enforcement programs throughout the Minnesota State system and forming “a law enforcement faculty community of practice” to conduct a review of Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training Board standards and compile recommended changes, according to the release.

“We’ve always been on the cutting edge of law enforcement in this program ... since it started,” Lamirande said. “We want to continue to be cutting edge, and if there’s going to be reform, we want to be at the early stages of that and be a part of that.”