Capitol Security and Executive Protection provide safety and security to executive, judicial and legislative officials, state employees and members of the public on the Minnesota State Capitol complex. Capitol Security is the primary responder to all emergencies and events at the State Capitol complex.
Capitol Security Background and Activity
The Executive Protection/Capitol Security Division was established in 1969. The Division provides safety and security to executive, judicial and legislative officials, state employees and members of the public on the Minnesota State Capitol complex. Capitol Security is the primary responder to all emergencies and events on the State Capitol complex. The Division is supervised by a State Patrol Captain and Lieutenant.
Executive Protection Unit
The Executive Protection Unit is comprised of State Troopers who are responsible for protecting the Governor and his staff. These Troopers are also responsible for security at the Governor's Residence, located on Summit Avenue in St. Paul. Additionally, they are also responsible for the Governor’s primary residence if different than the Summit Avenue home.
Capitol Security Officers
The current staff of eight troopers, 37 security officers, three security sergeants, and one communications lieutenant is responsible for the safety and security of 20 State buildings, 24 parking facilities, eight Memorials, six parks and open malls, more than 15,000 employees that work on the Capitol Complex, and thousands of guests and customers that visit the complex daily.
The Capitol Security Operations Center is the central hub for the operation of the state buildings and all emergencies that occur within its jurisdiction. There are more than 65,000 environmental and security points regulated by the Operations Center staff. The Operations Center monitors more than 500 cameras and 300 intercoms located throughout the Capitol complex in high-security and public areas.
Each year there are more than 700 events held on the State Capitol complex. These events are scheduled via permit through the Department of Administration. Capitol Security is responsible for safety, security, and law enforcement at these events. The size of these events has ranged from a single demonstrator to more than 400,000 people.