The Free Press, Mankato, MN

January 28, 2013

Ask a Trooper: Who is the Minnesota State Patrol?

By Jacalyn Sticha
Minnesota State Patrol

Minnesota State Troopers are fully trained and licensed peace officers.  Minnesota peace officers branch out in many directions after being hired -- state, county, city and many divisions within each.  The Minnesota State Patrol's primary responsibility is traffic safety and crash investigation.

The mission states, "To protect and serve all people in the state through assistance, education, and enforcement: provide support to allied agencies; and provide for safe, efficient movement of traffic on Minnesota's roadways."

With nearly six hundred state troopers, we have a variety of responsibilities.  A vast majority of our troopers perform patrol duties and work hard every day to keep our roads and highways safe.  However, you may not be aware of some of our additional duties and assignments.

Our Aviation Section has a fleet of seven aircraft, including three helicopters.  We provide airborne services, such as crash/crime scene photography, surveillance, search and rescue, disaster reconnaissance and more.

As Capitol Security,  we provide a secure environment on the State Capitol grounds for legislators and officials.  We have full time specially trained troopers to secure and protect the Governor, his family and the Governor's residence.

The Minnesota State Patrol's Special Response Team is a tactical unit, which provides assistance statewide to local law enforcement as well as specific duties on the Capitol grounds.

Other positions held within the Minnesota State Patrol are: Crash Reconstructionist, Canine/Criminal Interdiction Teams, Drug Recognition Experts, Vehicle Crimes and Auto Theft Investigators, and Public Information Troopers.  We are an essential piece of the law enforcement community.

For more information about The Minnesota State Patrol and/or a career with the agencies go to our website: www.dps.mn.gov/patrol.