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BECOME A TROOPER: State Patrol looks to hire 40, will help

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Anyone who has ever considered becoming a member of the Minnesota State Patrol has 11 days to prepare and submit an application for one of 40 available jobs.

The State Patrol says it's looking for more than the usual recruits and are hoping to attract a diverse workforce. Although a degree in law enforcement is required for the position, the Minnesota State Patrol will help the right person for the job get that education through Law Enforcement Training Opportunity.

For the first time in five years, the number of fatal crashes has increased -- and that has the Minnesota State Patrol looking to increase its presence on the roads.

For as long as she can remember, Trooper Azzahya Williams has wanted to work in law enforcement.

"I wanted to help people," she said. "I want to take the bad guy to jail. I want to serve the community."

For the past four years, the front of a squad car has been her office. The road to becoming a peace officer traditionally includes a degree in law enforcement, but the agency also offers a way to make it a second career.

"I went to school with someone that was a car salesman," Williams told FOX 9 News. "There was a financial planner, a phlebotomist, a teacher."

Last year, one in four trooper candidates came from alternative backgrounds. For those who clear the competitive selection process, the state will go out of its way to make sure applicants get the law enforcement training required to be a trooper.

"I got hired on with the State Patrol and they actually paid for my schooling," Williams said.

Williams says the job involves more than just ticketing speeders and arresting drunk drivers.

"We'll handle domestic assaults, crashes, road rage incidents -- but everything is on the freeway," she said.

While Williams says the worst days require her to notify someone that a loved one has died in a crash, she said the good days far outweigh the bad.

"I think the best days are when you put a smile on someone's face -- when you know what you did that day really made a difference, it was a really positive encounter with the community," she said. "That's pretty much why we're here."

Applications will be accepted through July 12. Applicants must have either a two- or four-year degree to qualify.

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