Public information troopers carry the message of the Minnesota State Patrol to educate the public and work with the media to communicate important traffic safety messages. Through these educational efforts, troopers hope to change driving behavior by showing the tragic results of poor decision making and the consequences of taking risks or breaking the law.
The four public information troopers are stationed across the state. One of their important roles is to partner with local civic groups and educational leaders to encourage safe driving behaviors. They present at schools and other public events to showcase videos and discuss traffic safety with young drivers.
Currently, the four public information troopers handle various regions of the state:
Lt. Gordon Shank
East & West Metro districts and PIO supervisor
Sgt. Jesse Grabow
NW Region including St. Cloud, Detroit Lakes and Thief River Falls districts
Sgt. Neil Dickenson
NE Region including Duluth, Brainerd and Virginia districts
Sgt. Troy Christianson
South Region including Rochester, Mankato and Marshal districts