Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association
Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association

The History of the Minnesota Police & Peace Officers Association (MPPOA)

  • In the beginning

    The MPPOA was founded in 1922 and its members include rank and file municipal police officers, county deputy sheriffs, and peace officers employed by the state of Minnesota. Today, the MPPOA is the largest association representing police officers in Minnesota.

What we stand for

The purpose of the MPPOA is clear, simple and direct.
  • Organize and coordinate the activities of all police officers in the State of Minnesota
  • Promote efficiency in police work.
  • Maintain the highest standards of ethics,integrity, honor and courtesy
  • Encourage and support the effective, practical and thorough training of police officers
  • Create a spirit of brotherhood and to continue the memory and history of our calling

A strong voice

From the beginning, the MPPOA's founding members sought to establish civil service protection for police and officers across the state. Because a police officer's job could be dependent on the incoming administration's wishes, it often led to corruption in the police profession. A substantial effort by MPPOA board members to address this issue and build support across Minnesota communities led to the passing of the Civil Service enabling acts of 1929 and 1933. As a result, civil service coverage was extended to many of the law enforcement professionals in the state. In addition, MPPOA efforts have led to:
  • Passage of the Public Employee Labor Relations Act, assuring public employees the right to collective bargaining
  • Creation of the first statewide police union which became the Law Enforcement Labor Services
  • Establishment of the Public Employee Retirement Association to allow police officers to leave their active professional life with dignity and economic security
  • Legislation in 1973 that provided financial aid to spouses and dependents of law enforcement officers that made the ultimate sacrifice. The Minnesota Public Safety Officer Death Benefit Fund now includes college tuition and costs for spouses and children of slain officers.

Ongoing efforts for police, peace officers and their families

Today, the MPPOA continues to work tirelessly on passing laws that support law enforcement. And it is the legislative voice to improve the working conditions and benefits for officers. The Association assisted in winning the long fight to enact a special section in the public employee retirement association's pension law, giving the many police officers in this group preferential treatment, a lower retirement age and greater financial support.

Training and professionalism

Comprehensive training of police officers has always been a vital concern of the MPPOA. Under its mandate to improve police training and create a professional police service, the MPPOA started its own statewide traveling police training school in 1936. In 1967, The Association was successful in working with the legislature to pass the mandatory Minnesota Peace Officers Training Law. This law created a training board advisory to the attorney general. In 1977, the MPPOA helped establish the Peace Officers Standards and Training Board (P.O.S.T.), the first law enforcement licensing system in the United States. Over the years, the MPPOA has maintained a special relationship with P.O.S.T to raise the eligibility requirements, improve professional behavior of itspractitioners and improve the trust between thepolice and the community it serves.

Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association

525 Park Street, Suite 250, St. Paul, MN 55103
Phone: 1. 651.291.1119, Toll-free: 1.800.652.9799, Fax: 1.651.291.0227
E-mail: info@mppoa.com