Whenever we think of fighting crime we think of local police and federal enforcement agencies, however, the Minnesota State Patrol plays an important rolet in fighting crime. The Minnesota State Patrol is a division of the Department of Public Safety and is comprised of 11 patrol districts throughout Minnesota. Each district is divided into geographic work areas or â€œstationsâ€ which number 61 stations. With a total of 810 personnel â€“ 522 uniformed and 288 civilian â€“ the Minnesota State Patrol enforces not only roadway users but also assists other law enforcement agencies throughout the state.
They provide services for executive protection and capitol security, special response teams, search and rescue missions, auto theft investigations, commercial vehicle enforcement and inspections. Their criminal patrol and canine unit helps to investigate drug interdiction cases involving motor vehicles. In addition, the Minnesota State Patrol provides safety education to the public such as seat belt use, proper installation of child seat restraints, drinking and driving awareness, and many other general traffic safety issues.
But like all law enforcement agencies, they need your help in deterring crime. On their web site is a form that you can easily use to report unsafe driving incidents you have witnessed on Minnesota Freeways and State Truck highway systems. Your information will not be made public. As you can see, the Minnesota State Patrol is another important agency helping to fight crime.