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 Kevin Daly
Colonel Kevin Daly was named chief of the State Patrol in May 2011. Daly joined the State Patrol in 1986, and was promoted to lieutenant in 1998 while serving in the West Metro (Twin Cities) District. During 2001–2005, he served as captain and commander of the Rochester District, and was named lieutenant colonel and assistant chief in 2005.
During his tenure in the State Patrol, Daly has served as a commander of the Special Response Team, and he has provided significant training in various areas including firearms, chemical munitions, defensive tactics and drug recognition evaluation.
Colonel Daly has a bachelor’s degree in law, criminology and deviance from the University of Minnesota, and a master’s degree in leadership from the University of St. Thomas.
Daly is the 17th chief of the State Patrol.
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
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.