Ask a Trooper: What is the proper way to address a patrol officer, if the rank is unknown?
Question: What is the proper way to address a patrol officer, if the rank is unknown?
Answer: This is a good question and really depends on the law enforcement organization. Here are the ways to address a law enforcement member from each organization below if you’re uncertain of their rank:
• State Patrol: Trooper
• Local/Municipal agency: Officer
• Sheriff’s Office: Deputy
• Department of Natural Resources: Officer
With the Minnesota State Patrol, the colonel leads the organization, followed by the lieutenant colonel. The command staff is further filled with majors, captains, lieutenants and sergeants. The troopers are the first rank and make up the largest contingent in the organization.
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