A new recruitment program for the Minnesota State Patrol has graduated its first class.
The LETO (law-enforcement training opportunity) program encourages applications from people whose backgrounds are in something other than law enforcement. The move is aimed at increasing State Patrol diversity.
Of the 72 troopers who graduated Friday, 31 didn't have law-enforcement backgrounds. They included a banker, teacher and financial planner.
State Patrol chief Col. Mark Dunaski said the new troopers will help provide a fresh perspective. The new troopers will work with veterans for a one-year period before they can patrol on their own.