No Police Experience? Become a MN State Trooper

Updated: 07/01/2013 7:38 PM By: Maricella Miranda

The Minnesota State Patrol is recruiting 40 troopers this month.

And, applicants don't need any prior law enforcement experience or education to qualify for the job, the agency reported Monday. The group is looking to recruit a diverse workforce through its State Patrol Law Enforcement Training Opportunity (LETO) , a program that provides a pathway for those without a law enforcement background who want to become a state trooper.

Anyone with a two- or four-year degree can qualify. The State Patrol will pay for candidates' law enforcement education.

In addition to helping make Minnesota roads safer, troopers also can help with flight patrols in the skies, conduct search and rescue missions, make life-saving blood and organ deliveries and more.

Among last year's 42 graduating trooper cadets, 11 went through the LETO program. The troopers that went through the program include a copy writer, graphic designer and a banker.

"The non-traditional troopers are an important addition to our agency," said Col. Kevin Daly, chief of the State Patrol, in a statement. "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, according to the State Patrol. Those hired will receive instruction in the academic and practical education requirements to meet the Police Officer Standards Training board standards - a requirement of all Minnesota officers.

New hires will attend the State Patrol Trooper Candidate School, starting January 2014.

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