ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota State Patrol is looking for a few dozen good men and women to boost their numbers, and are willing to look outside the law enforcement community to find them.
Beginning Monday and lasting through July 12 the patrol is conducting a recruiting blitz to strengthen and diversify its force. They hope to hire and train 40 troopers from the candidate pool.
The State Patrol's Law Enforcement Training Opportunity (LETO) program is a specialized recruitment effort that provides a pathway for those without a law enforcement background to become a state trooper. Anyone with a two- or four-year degree in any discipline may apply. The State Patrol pays for the LETO candidates' law enforcement education.
Prospective candidates can apply on the State Patrol website.
"Law enforcement is a diverse, exciting career choice, and the State Patrol wants to tap into potential candidates that have unique training and life experiences," says State Patrol Lt. Col. Matt Langer. "This is also an opportunity to promote a career in law enforcement to the state's growing and diverse populations."
The career of a state trooper also extends far beyond the highway. Troopers have the opportunity to take to the sky for flight patrols, conduct search and rescue missions, make life-saving blood and organ deliveries and more.
Among the 42 graduating trooper cadets in 2012, 11 went through the LETO program. These troopers included a copy writer, graphic designer and a banker.
"The non-traditional troopers are an important addition to our agency," says Col. Kevin Daly, chief of the State Patrol. "The face of law enforcement is changing every day, and these troopers will help give the Patrol a new perspective to handle emerging issues and challenges."
Candidates who have a post-secondary degree and 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.
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