Public Safety Resources
Take Action: Drivers Licenses for All
Minnesota is poised to pass a law allowing undocumented immigrants access to drivers licenses. Read why Drivers Licenses for All is an important piece of securing public safety for all Minnesotans:
"Success or Stagnation: Living in Car Culture without a License," Immigration Policy Center, April 2014,
Learn More: Separating Local Law Enforcement from Immigration Enforcement
Other states have started to take steps limiting cooperation between local law enforcement and ICE, especially on detainer requests. ICE makes a detainer request when they identify an individual in local custody that they believe is not legally in the country, asking the law enforcement agency to hold, or detain, the individual until ICE can take custody. However, these requests are not mandatory, and enforcing them could lead to violations of the detained individual’s Constitutional rights. Localities and even states across the country are re-evaluating their approach to these requests. Read more about this movement here:
“Sheriffs Limit Detention of Immigrants,” New York Times, April 19, 2014,
“O'Malley takes aim at deportations,” Baltimore Sun, April 18, 2014,,0,2452527,full.story
“AP Report: California Immigrant Deportations Plummet After TRUST Act,” CBS San Francisco, April 6, 2014,
“Islas freed pending deportation appeal; 'double victory' as Malloy signs TRUST Act into law,” New Haven Register, July 19, 2013,
Best Practice: Police-Community Relations
The police departments in Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center recognized that changing demographics in their communities signaled a need to adjust their community policing strategies. The holistic approach they undertook has had a positive effect on law enforcement, community members, and served as a model for other departments and agencies. 
The initial step was creating a Joint Community Police Partnership, which has evolved and now includes six communities (all metro-area suburban cities) in addition to the county and area human services council. A new position of community liaison took the lead role in connecting with the community and learning what community members identified as their needs.
The impact on the police department has been notable. The goal is to educate the officers and “give them a toolbox” to best serve the needs of their community. This involves continuing to tweak and adjust officer training. The liaison noted that she regularly goes to “roll-call” and talks about various strategies, such as reminding officers about the language line and how to use it.  It is effective because the police officers can see how these strategies have made their jobs easier. The officers also have opportunities to engage in positive community events: a group from the police academy volunteers at the Latino food shelf a few times a year, and officers attend community events. “When you can give an officer a positive two-way communication with a community member, it’s a win for both.”  This also builds trust and provides community members a chance to interact with police officers in a friendly situation.