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Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications
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Doug Neville  651-201-7562
douglas.neville@state.mn.us
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 26, 2014
Become a Trooper: State Patrol Calling for Recruits With or Without Law Enforcement Experience
ST. PAUL – Protecting Minnesota roads and motorists since 1929, the Minnesota State Patrol is looking for people who want to carry on the tradition and become a Trooper. The State Patrol will accept applications  for its 56th Training Academy beginning June 30.
 
Applicants with and without prior law enforcement experience or education are encouraged to apply.
• Those without a law enforcement background may apply through the Law Enforcement Training Opportunity (LETO) program. Anyone with a two- or four-year degree in any discipline may apply. The State Patrol pays for the LETO candidates’ law enforcement education. Applications are accepted June 30-July 11 at 4 p.m.
• Those with prior law enforcement experience, or are eligible to be licensed by Minnesota’s POST board by January 16, 2015, may apply through the Traditional Program. Enrollment is open June 30-July 31 at 4 p.m.
 
Online application information for both hiring tracks is found at mntrooper.com, on the “Join the State Patrol” tab.
 
“Law enforcement is a diverse, exciting career choice, and the Minnesota State Patrol is looking for candidates with unique training and life experiences,” said Lt. Col. Matt Langer, acting Chief of the State Patrol. “We’re also promoting law enforcement careers with the state’s growing and diverse populations.”
 
Being a Trooper is being a part of the solution to make Minnesota roads safer. In 2013, the state reported 77,707 crashes, a 12 percent increase from 2012. Despite that jump, traffic fatalities decreased two percent, from 395 in 2012 to 387 last year. To date, there have been 137 traffic deaths this year in Minnesota.
 
“Non-traditional hires are as important to our agency as traditional hires,” said Lt. Col. Langer. “The face of law enforcement is changing every day, and these new Troopers will help give the Patrol greater perspective in handling emerging issues and challenges.”
 
This diversity was noted in the 38 graduating trooper cadets of the 55th Minnesota State Patrol Training Academy in May 2014, where ages ranged from 21 to 43, and graduates included 12 military veterans and 13 with prior law enforcement experience. The group included a marathon runner, pilot, college instructor and four who were born outside the U.S. The class also featured two former college athletes, a Blackhawk helicopter pilot and people who 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.
 
Non-traditional 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 join traditional candidates and attend the State Patrol Trooper Candidate School, starting in January 2014, for further training.
 
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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