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What We Do

State Patrol provides for safe and efficient movement of traffic on Minnesota’s roads and highways; assists motorists at crashes; partners with allied city and county agencies; and inspects school buses and commercial vehicles. Capitol Security/Executive Protection provides security for all persons and property in the Capitol complex and state buildings in the Twin Cities.


Chief of the State Patrol


Colonel Matt Langer 


Colonel Matt Langer has been a Minnesota State Trooper for 16 years. He began his career in the St. Paul station where he worked the afternoon shift.  He spent over four years on the Metro Crash Reconstruction Team where he reconstructed hundreds of fatal and serious injury crashes. He was the director of the State Patrol’s fleet and asset management section before assuming public information duties. As a Captain, he directed public information work, homeland security efforts, and traffic safety grants.
He served for two and a half years as the Assistant Chief and one year as the Acting Chief before being appointed Colonel, Chief of the State Patrol, in January 2015.
Colonel Langer has a master’s degree in public and nonprofit administration, as well as a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and law enforcement. In addition to his work at the State Patrol, he holds adjunct faculty positions at Century College and Metropolitan State University.




The Minnesota State Patrol is comprised of 886 employees of which 591 are uniform personnel. The State Patrol is located across the state, based in 11 district headquarters.



The Minnesota State Legislature created the Minnesota Highway Patrol in 1929, in response to the boom of automobiles. The first chief of the Highway Patrol was Earle Brown, who was among the initial force of nine men.

Today, around 550 state troopers provide assistance, education and enforcement to state citizens and provide for safe, efficient movement of traffic on Minnesota’s roadways.

State Patrol Mission, Vision and Core Values


Protect and serve all people in the state through assistance, education, and enforcement; provide support to allied agencies; and provide for the safe, efficient movement of traffic on Minnesota’s roadways.  Read the patrol's strategic plan for 2013 to 2016.

Vision Statement

The Minnesota State Patrol is a progressive law enforcement agency providing superior service to Minnesota’s residents, visitors, and allied agencies. We strive for excellence in all that we do through the development of forward thinking leadership, technology, innovation, and a quality workforce.

State Patrol Core Values

  • Respect

  • Integrity

  • Courage

  • Honor    

  • Excellence