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Minnesota State Patrol wants its force to be 30% women

Minnesota joined a national movement to increase the number of female law enforcement officers.

MN State Patrol cracking down on distracted driving in April
The Minnesota State Patrol will try to increase the number of women on its force to 30%.
Ken Chase / WDAY
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ST. PAUL — Minnesota will try to triple its number of female state troopers and other staff by the end of the decade.

The Minnesota State Patrol announced its goal on Friday, Sept. 30, to have women make up 30% of its force by 2030.

In signing the 30X30 pledge , the state joined a nationwide initiative to increase the number of women in law enforcement.

“We know diversity brings value, and more women in law enforcement will strengthen law enforcement and our relationships with the communities we serve,” Minnesota State Patrol Col. Matt Langer said in a statement.

Minnesota has about 550 state troopers. Women make up 10% of the force, higher than the national average of 7%, the State Patrol said.

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North Dakota set a similar goal in February. At that time, only 4% of that state’s 159 troopers were women.

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