State Patrol looks for a new kind of applicant - without enforcement experience

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The Minnesota State Patrol is taking applications for a program targeting a different kind of trooper - particularly women and minorities who have no prior law enforcement training.

The organization seeks people from diverse backgrounds who speak second languages and bring "diverse perspectives" to communities, KSTP reports.

The Law Enforcement Training Opportunity (LETO) program has been around for five years, according to Northwest Community Television - Channel 12.

People with a two- or four-year degree in any discipline from an accredited college or university can apply.

The State Patrol will pay for all the classes required to become a Minnesota peace office.

The idea is get troopers who can relate more to the population they serve, as Minnesota's population becomes more diverse, Channel 12 reports.

The State Patrol has launched a Twitter campaign to attract potential recruits, targeting those who might want a career change.

The application window is open through June 16.

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