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History

Creation and Evolution of the Minnesota State Patrol

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, more than 590 state troopers provide assistance, education and enforcement to state citizens and provide for safe, efficient movement of traffic on Minnesota’s roadways. Troopers are supported by 295 civilian personnel.
 

Troopers also educate Minnesotans about the importance of traffic safety; investigate and reconstruct serious crashes; conduct flight patrols and search and rescue missions; assist other law enforcement agencies; and serve as a vital component of the state’s homeland security efforts.
 

State Patrol History Timeline

 

Chiefs of the State Patrol 

 

Squad Cars through the Years

 

Honoring Fallen Troopers