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Ask a Trooper: Family employment in police, fire departments

Posted: November 26, 2013 - 5:17pm

Question: Can married or dating couples be on the same police department or fire departments? If so, can they go on the same calls? Can they be on the same squads?

Answer: Yes. In fact, there are some married couples working for the State Patrol as troopers.

They can and have ended up on the same calls. I am sure many other police departments around the state have couples sharing their vocation as well. As a matter of fact, I know of a few. There is nothing in the law prohibiting this, but perhaps some departments have policies that dictate those kinds of issues. During my career, I have known of several married couples who are on the same fire department, too, and they probably do go on the same calls for the most part, unless they take turns or something I don’t know.

If by saying, “squad” that you mean “team” or “detachment” or similar, then that also would be up to the department’s internal regulations or policies. On a side note, I also know troopers married to city officers or deputies, and city officers married to deputies, etc.

I believe the military has had or does have some kind of rule about same family members going into the same battle or ship or something like that, so they are not all killed at the same time – which would make for a horrible tragedy for one family. That was an interesting question I had never had before, so thanks for asking.

If you have any questions for future columns concerning motor vehicle traffic in Minnesota, please send your questions to: “ASK A TROOPER” c/o Sgt. Curt S. Mowers, Minnesota State Patrol, 7694 Industrial Park Road, Suite 2 Baxter, MN 56425 or email questions to with Ask a Trooper in the subject line. Questions are edited.