Centennial celebration: Michigan State Police marks 100th anniversary


Photos courtesy of the Michigan State Police

The Michigan State Police (MSP) proudly marked a century of service on April 19, and Gov. Rick Snyder declared the date as Michigan State Police Day.

“The pride and commitment to service that began 100 years ago remains intact today in every member of the Michigan State Police,” said Snyder.

In celebration of the Centennial, the MSP hosted a “Day at the Capitol” in Lansing with interactive displays for the public.

“While the Michigan State Police has evolved and changed over the years, one thing has always remained the same – at our core, the MSP is a service organization,” stated Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. “It’s our honor to serve Michigan and we look forward to connecting with you and the communities you call home for the next 100 years.”

The MSP’s roots date back to World War I when the department began as a temporary, wartime emergency force for the purpose of domestic security. On April 19, 1917, Gov. Albert Sleeper created the Michigan State Troops Permanent Force, also known as the Michigan State Constabulary. With Col. Roy C. Vandercook as the first commanding officer, this new force consisted of five troops of mounted, dismounted and motorized units totaling 300 men.

On March 26, 1919, Public Act 26 reorganized the Constabulary as the permanent, peacetime Michigan State Police. When Michigan adopted a new Constitution in 1963, authorizing up to 20 departments, Public Act 380 of 1965 reorganized the MSP as one of these departments.

Today, the MSP is a modern-day, full-service law enforcement agency with statewide jurisdiction consisting of nearly 3,000 enforcement and civilian members.

The MSP provides statewide police investigative services and traffic patrol, forensic science services, criminal justice records management and state homeland security and emergency management services.


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