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Dennis Lazenberry: From Rookie to Legacy

Portrait of Dennis LazenberryBlack History Month gives Dennis Lazenberry an opportunity to reflect on his own history.

Lazenberry was proud to be a part of the State Patrol, but his skin color affected every stage of his career. “I wasn’t just a trooper,” he recalls, “I was ‘the black trooper.’” And even though Lazenberry experienced his share of racism, he wouldn’t have traded his 24 years as a trooper for the world.

Learn more about what it was like to be the fourth black trooper in the State Patrol’s history – and why he loved it – in our latest blog.

Commissioner Harrington Discusses Priorities, Vision for DPS

Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington"We want people to feel like this is their Department of Public Safety and we are going to serve them all," Commissioner John Harrington told MPR’s Angela Davis during a recent interview.

Harrington sat down with Davis to talk about his top priorities and vision for DPS. Their discussion touched on school safety, diversity and inclusion, first responder mental health, police use of force, crime prevention and much more.

"I want to make sure Minnesotans are safe," Harrington told Davis. "I'm completely excited about tackling all the responsibilities DPS has." Get to know our new commissioner by listening to the full conversation.

Seven Steps to Becoming a Trooper

State patrol patch on a trooper's uniformYou’ve made the decision.

You’ve done the research, and you’ve broken the news to your friends and family: You’ve decided to apply for the Minnesota State Patrol. And although you’re just itching to get out there and start making Minnesota’s roads safer, it’s going to be 11 months before any of that happens.

Why does it take so long to get hired? The State Patrol is looking for people who share its core values of respect, integrity, courage, honor and excellence. So there are seven steps you have to go through before you can get your badge. Learn what they are in our blog.

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Description: Catch up on recent DPS news and events in the latest edition of "Public Safety: In Focus."