Gov. Dayton Names $12 Million Police Training Program in Honor of Philando Castile

Governor Dayton says he wants people and law enforcement to work together to improve relationships

ST. PAUL, Minn. — It’s been exactly one year since the fatal shooting of Philando Castile and Governor Dayton is recommending a new program be named in his honor.

The Philando Castile Law Enforcement Training Fund is a $12 million program that will pay for training Minnesota officers who serve in diverse communities.

Dayton says he wants people and law enforcement to work together to improve relationships.

Castile’s mother says she is grateful for the program because at the end of the day, everyone wants to just go home safe.

“If we can combine our minds and work together, as human beings, then that will happen,” said Valerie Castile. “We have to learn to communicate better with one another.”

Dayton also appointed Castile’s uncle, Clarence Castile, to the Peace Officer Standards and Training Board.

Clarence has held many positions for the city of St. Paul and is also a reserve police officer with the St. Paul Police Department.

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