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Help wanted: State Patrol wants to hire more troopers

The patrol is looking to fill 50 to 60 openings


November 5, 2020

Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Minnesota State trooper Gina deCesare.

As fatal crashes surge and reports about dangerous and risky driving behavior are rising, the State Patrol has launched an aggressive hiring campaign to put more troopers on the roads.

Troopers retiring or leaving the job for other reasons in the past few years have resulted in a force of 584 statewide, and that's not enough, said Col. Matt Langer, head of the State Patrol. The ranks normally number well over 600, he said.

So the patrol is trying to hire 50 or 60 more troopers with funding recently approved by the Legislature. Starting pay is $62,400 annually.


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