July 20, 2024

Walz discusses public safety funds passed by lawmakers; money to be delivered next week

Gov. Tim Walz was joined by first responders and lawmakers on Thursday afternoon as he discussed plans for the use of funds that will be sent out next week to various public safety departments across the state.

Walz was joined by Bob Jacobson, the Commissioner for the Department of Public Safety, the police chiefs from Bloomington, Centennial Lakes and White Bear Lake, as well as others. The full news conference can be viewed in the video player above.

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The $300 million signed into law back in May — which will help communities meet the needs for their police, fire and emergency management teams — is expected to be sent out to municipalities sometime next week.

According to Walz’s office, the funds can be used to help with recruiting, training, equipment, victim services, mental health crisis response and officer wellness at the city, county and tribal levels.

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