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Minnesota State Patrol looking for candidates without policing backgrounds

Ashley Zilka
Updated: October 31, 2020 10:44 PM
Created: October 31, 2020 12:55 PM

As traffic deaths increase statewide, the Minnesota State Patrol is hiring more troopers to help keep roads safe.

This comes at a time when many Minnesotans are still unemployed because of the pandemic, and no matter your background, the agency is looking for applicants.

As of last week, preliminary numbers show more than 300 people died on Minnesota roads since Jan. 1. Now, the State Patrol is hiring up to 60 troopers across the state to help save lives.

"We are hiring all across Minnesota, so if you live in greater Minnesota, up north or down south, or out west, it might be for you," Col. Matthew Langer said.

This hiring concept isn't new, but it's now more important than ever, Langer said. The State Patrol is reaching out to Minnesotans as part of its recruitment process. The agency is looking for traditional candidates who are currently in law enforcement and non-traditional candidates.

"We have hired musicians, we have hired teachers, we have hired bankers, we have hired people that graduated from college and didn't find a job yet. We have hired people that were working in retail," Langer said.

The Law Enforcement Training Opportunity program, or LETO, is designed for candidates who have a two to four-year degree and want to become a trooper. The state patrol will pay for the applicant's law enforcement education.

"We have had a long history of looking for people from all different backgrounds, all different jobs, career changes, unemployed, anything you can think of," said Langer.

Langer says there's a need for more troopers as soon as possible as traffic deaths continue to rise. He says becoming a state trooper can help change poor driving habits, and they have certain people in mind.

"Number one, a passion for traffic safety and making the roads as safe as possible and number two, just a feeling within that they want to make a difference. They want to do something meaningful with their work," Langer said.

Applicants can apply until Nov. 15. For more information, click here.

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