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Metropolitan State's continued commitment to students, staff, and community

Posted June 4, 2020

Dear Metro students and employees, 

The Star Tribune posted an article that indicates Derek Chauvin joined the Minneapolis Police Department in 2001 and that he attended Metropolitan State University. After receiving a media request, we confirmed that Chauvin graduated in May 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement. You may hear more about his connection to Metropolitan State in the news. 

The faculty of the School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice emphasize their commitments to creating a welcoming, culturally competent and anti-racist learning environment. They are dedicated to preparing the next generation of law enforcement officers to serve as worthy and ethical bearers of the burdens of law enforcement. They will continue to work with agencies, law enforcement and community leaders, legislators, and others to help reform the criminal justice system. 

As a community, we condemn the actions of Derek Chauvin. Our university-wide goals are to create a welcoming, culturally competent, anti-racist learning environment and to demonstrate an unwavering commitment to civic engagement. 

Thank you.
Virginia (Ginny) Arthur, President