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Time for a change? Consider the State Patrol.

March 19, 2018
Photo of troopers saluting at graduation.

“I need to get out of here.”

If you’ve said that to yourself while looking around your workplace recently, it may be time for a change. What would you say to driving Minnesota’s beautiful roads and helping keep its citizens safe? If that sounds good, consider applying for the Minnesota State Patrol’s Law Enforcement Training Opportunity (LETO) Program.

Applications will be accepted from March 26 until April 20 this year. The minimum qualifications include at least a two-year college degree in any discipline, being at least 21 years old, being a U.S. citizen and having a Minnesota driver’s license. The State Patrol is looking for people fluent in Spanish, Hmong, Russian, Vietnamese, Somali or American Sign Language.

The LETO training to become a licensed peace officer starts in August 2018 and is capped off with the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) exam. Once you pass your POST exam, you can go on to the State Patrol Training Academy, which starts on January 7 at the Camp Ripley military base in Little Falls and ends on May 7.

After that, you would start your patrolling our highways as a state trooper. Troopers also enforce traffic laws, provide emergency assistance to motorists – including giving first aid to those who are injured – and work with other law enforcement agencies to apprehend those who break the law. Most importantly, you would uphold the State Patrol’s core values: respect, integrity, courage, honor and excellence. So if you just can’t look at that spreadsheet or cash register or grill one moment longer, visit the Minnesota State Patrol’s website to learn more about applying to become a trooper. It may be the best decision you ever make.