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Join the State Patrol

Your Road to the Minnesota State Patrol Starts Here

The Minnesota State Patrol offers a variety of rewarding and challenging positions. In addition to becoming a state trooper, jobs include 911 emergency dispatchers, commercial vehicle inspectors and more. 


Become a Trooper 

The Minnesota State Patrol provides for an exciting and meaningful career that goes beyond the highway. As a trooper, you can ensure safe roads; educate Minnesotans about the importance of traffic safety; take to the sky for flight patrols; use advanced technology to investigate traffic crashes; conduct search and rescue missions and more.


State Patrol Careers

The State Patrol is always looking for bright, dedicated personnel to support the agency’s services.

View the Minnesota Management and Budget job opening website for opportunities. Search "State Patrol" in the "Keyword Search" section.


Ride Along Program

If you are interested in participating in a ride along with our agency, please contact Azzahya Williams at for program details and requirements.

Internships and Other Opportunities

The State Patrol offers many opportunities for young people interested in a career in law enforcement.  


Qualified students will provide administrative support duties to aid in State Patrol daily operations. Students will be exposed to the day-to-day activities of a trooper and will be introduced to different areas and divisions of the agency.


  • Must be attending a college/university that meets the accreditation criteria as a Criminal Justice/POST (Police Officer Standards and Training)-approved school.

  • Must possess a valid driver's license or have the proven ability to acquire a license prior to the starting date. A clean or acceptable driving record will be required.

  • Must submit to and pass a driver license/criminal history check.

Application Timeline
  • Summer Internship: complete application packet must be received by last Friday in January.
  • Fall Internship:  complete application packet must be received by last Friday in May.
  • Spring Internship: complete application packet must be received by last Friday in October.

For questions, email Lacy Kreye at 

Explorer Post 

Becoming an explorer offers young people (ages 14–20) an opportunity to closely work with Minnesota State Patrol troopers.

Explorers participate in ride-alongs, wear uniforms similar to troopers, and train in a variety of activities including: bomb threat response; crash investigation; crime scene search; fire arms; hostage negotiation; traffic stops; crime scene search; and more.

Explorers meet Sundays, 3–6 p.m. in Roseville, Minn.

To become an explorer, email