Police Advisory idea moved to working group

The bulk of Monday’s Bemidji City Council meeting was on the proposed police advisory committee.

Bemidji Police Chief Mike Mastin gave a presentation, where he touched on themes such as the many hours of training his officers receive, well beyond the state’s minimum requirements, the 12 complaints against officers received over the last five years, and also urged leaning on the area’s higher education institutions to gather a bigger picture behind what drives incarceration in the community.

The council has the authority to form these committees, and will have the final say on approving a list of members, but the next phase is a working group to have further listening sessions, which will include two council members.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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