Minnesota State Patrol
|Minnesota State Patrol|
|Employees||886 (as of 2017)|
|Operations jurisdiction||Minnesota, United States|
|Minnesota State Patrol Districts|
|Size||87,014 square miles (225,370 km2)|
|Population||5,197,621 (2007 est.)|
|Headquarters||St. Paul, Minnesota|
|Troopers||591 (as of 2017)|
|Civilians||295 (as of 2017)|
|Parent agency||Minnesota Department of Public Safety|
|Minnesota State Patrol|
The Minnesota State Patrol is the statewide police force in the state of Minnesota. While the State Patrol concentrates primarily on traffic enforcement and highway safety it also has a statewide law enforcement role. Troopers are also involved with accident reconstruction and commercial vehicle enforcement. The State Patrol capitol security division also handles the security for the Minnesota State Capitol grounds and the governor. Additionally, the State Patrol maintains a K-9 unit that focuses on drug enforcement interdiction, as well as a Special Response Team (SRT), that operates like a traditional SWAT Team. The State Patrol is a division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety and the Colonel (commander) of the State Patrol reports directly to the Commissioner of Public Safety.
The Minnesota Highway Patrol was created in 1929 when Charles M. Babcock, the Commissioner of Highways, appointed Earl Brown, Sheriff of Hennepin County, as Chief of the Highway Patrol. On July 1, 1929, Chief Brown appointed 8 officers.
The first training school was held January 18 to April 1, 1930. This school graduated the first 35 members of the Minnesota Highway Patrol. 
In 1973 the Highway Patrol was reorganized and the official name was changed to the "Minnesota State Patrol." 
The patch worn by members of the Minnesota State Patrol evolved from "The Great Seal" which is placed on all official state documents.
- District 2000 - St. Paul (Headquarters)
- District 2100 - Rochester
- District 2200 - Mankato
- District 2300 - Marshall
- District 2400 - Oakdale
- District 2500 - Golden Valley
- District 2600 - St. Cloud
- District 2700 - Duluth
- District 2800 - Brainerd
- District 2900 - Detroit Lakes
- District 3100 - Virginia
- District 3200 - Thief River Falls
- District 4600 - Capitol Security / Executive Protection
- District 4700 - Statewide scales and Commercial Vehicle Services.
- Flight Section - Statewide flight service area.
- Investigative Services - Statewide vehicle crimes and accident reconstruction.
- Metro Communications - St. Paul / Minneapolis Metro Radio
- Training Academy- Statewide training and recruitment.
Since the establishment of the Minnesota State Patrol, eight officers have died while on duty.
|Rank||Name||Date of Death||Cause of Death||Age||Location|
|Trooper||William S. Kozlak||04-25-1934||Killed in a motorcycle crash||32||On Minnesota Highway 52 near Osseo, Minnesota|
|Trooper||Roy C. Lichtenheld||10-03-1934||Killed in a motorcycle crash||30||On Snelling Avenue in St. Paul, Minnesota|
|Trooper||Ray X.F. Krueger||11-20-1959||Killed in a head-on car crash||47||On Minnesota Highway 210 near Brainerd, Minnesota|
|Trooper||Glen A. Skalman||12-27-1964||Succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained on 12-17-1964 during a traffic stop||29||On I-35 near Forest Lake, Minnesota|
|Trooper||Donald Bert Ziesmer||10-15-1973||Shot and killed while sitting in his patrol car on a traffic stop||46||On Minnesota Highway 61 along the north shore of Lake Superior|
|Trooper||Roger Curtis Williams||02-22-1978||Struck and killed by an out-of-control vehicle while helping a motorist change a flat tire||53||On I-94 near Brandon, Minnesota|
|Corporal||Timothy Joseph Bowe||06-07-1997||Shot and killed as he and 3 county deputies approached a house where a shooting was reported||36||10 miles east of Cambridge, Minnesota in Chisago County|
|Corporal||Theodore Joseph "Ted" Foss||08-31-2000||Struck and killed by a tractor trailer while on a traffic stop||35||On I-90 in Rochester, Minnesota|
- 2007 Population Estimates Archived 2008-09-18 at the Library of Congress Web Archives, U.S. Census Bureau
- "About". Minnesota State Patrol. Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
- "2011-Present". MaroonCruisers.com. Retrieved 2017-02-09.
- The Minnesota State Patrol Trooper's Association site
- The Officer Down Memorial Page