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July 12, 2013
If You Want That Hat, Deadline is 4 p.m. Friday to Apply to Become a State Trooper

​ST. PAUL — Today at 4 p.m. is the deadline to apply to become a Minnesota State Patrol trooper. Candidates with degrees or experience in law enforcement are encouraged to apply at

 Minimum Requirements to Apply for Position as a State Trooper:

  • Applicants need to be 21. (The State Patrol has a mandatory retirement age of 60.)
  • Must have a two-year or four-year degree in any field from regionally accredited institution.

Candidates who have a post-secondary degree, and who successfully complete the competitive selection process, will be hired. Those hired will receive instruction in the academic and practical education requirements to meet the Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) board standards — a requirement of all Minnesota law enforcement.  Upon passing the POST exam, new hires will attend the State Patrol Trooper Candidate School, starting in January 2014, for further training.

“Traffic deaths are on the rise in Minnesota and we need candidates that want to make a difference to reverse this trend and help us create safer roads,” says Lt. Col. Matt Langer, assistant chief of the State Patrol.

Last year, the state’s road deaths jumped for the first time since 2007 — the 395 deaths in 2012 was a 7 percent increase from 2011. This year, road deaths are continuing to climb.

Currently, State Troopers are partnering with allied law enforcement agencies in a statewide speed enforcement campaign through July 21 to reduce speed-related traffic deaths.

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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