The 1998 Minnesota Legislature directed the commissioner of public safety to prepare, in consultation with affected organizations and stakeholders, a statewide master plan for fire and law enforcement training facilities.
The commissioner of public safety contracted with the Department of Administration's Management Analysis Division to create the statewide plan.
A 15 member advisory committee was established to advise the commissioner and Management Analysis about components of project design and content. The committee included representatives from professional organizations for fire and law enforcement personnel, local governments, the Peace Officer Standards and Training Board, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, the Department of Military Affairs, and the public.
The project team collected data through a variety of mechanisms, including:
- six public meetings at locations around the state;
- a statewide survey of fire and law enforcement agencies;
- a tour of some existing facilities;
- interviews with training organizations, specialized facilities, and other states; and background research in trade journals.