ST. PAUL – After 16 weeks of rigorous training, demanding course work and character-building, 38 cadets graduate from the 55th Minnesota State Patrol Training Academy today at Mariucci Arena at the University of Minnesota.
The new Troopers range in age from 21 to 43 years old, and include 12 military veterans and 13 with prior law enforcement experience. The group has a marathon runner, a pilot, a college instructor and four born outside the U.S. The class also includes two former college athletes, a Blackhawk helicopter pilot and people who have worked in the fishery, pharmaceutical and auto mechanics industries. One new trooper was a member of the U.S. Army Old Guard – the oldest active duty regiment in the army. The Old Guard conducts full honor ceremonies for the President, visiting dignitaries, graveside at Arlington National Cemetery and standing guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers.
“These new Troopers are dedicating their professional lives to serving the citizens of Minnesota and making our roads safer,” said Lieutenant Colonel Matt Langer, acting chief of the Minnesota State Patrol. “This graduation ceremony not only recognizes their accomplishments, it also thanks their families who have supported and encouraged the cadets through this process.”
Since January 27, the cadets have lived at Camp Ripley while training and learning about motor vehicle crash investigation, traffic law, emergency vehicle operations, firearms and scenario-based training. Cadets’ hands-on training included mapping and reconstructing crash scenes, learning how to deploy tasers and self-defense tactics. They were awakened at midnight to better understand the urgency and unpredictability of crash investigations. Cadets are coached on the character-driven core principles of the State Patrol: respect, integrity, courage and honor. Instructors teach leadership skills and emphasize service and lifelong learning.
Becoming a State Trooper
The Minnesota State Patrol recruiting process allows potential candidates to apply, regardless of previous law enforcement education or experience. Anyone with a two- or four-year degree may apply. Information about becoming a Trooper, career/internship opportunities and the ride-along program is found on the Minnesota State Patrol “Join the State Patrol
” web page.
About the Minnesota Department Public Safety
DPS comprises 11 divisions where 2,100 employees operate programs in the areas of law enforcement, crime victim assistance, traffic safety, alcohol and gambling, emergency communications, fire safety, pipeline safety, driver licensing, vehicle registration and emergency management. DPS activity is anchored by three core principles: education, enforcement and prevention.
About the Minnesota State Patrol
More than 500 Minnesota State Patrol troopers are the foundation of the agency that works to provide a safe environment on Minnesota’s roads by assisting motorists, taking enforcement action and educating drivers about traffic safety issues. In addition to road safety activities, troopers conduct flight patrols, search and rescue missions and assist other law enforcement agencies.
In 1929, the Minnesota Legislature created the Highway Patrol after lawmakers recognized the need for a traffic enforcement agency in response to the boom of automobiles. The first patrol force comprised 35 men. In 1970, the Highway Patrol became a division of the Department of Public Safety and, four years later, its official name was changed to the Minnesota State Patrol.
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