About the Michigan State PoliceThe Michigan Department of State Police “began as a temporary, wartime emergency force for the purpose
of domestic security during World War I. On April 19, 1917, Governor Albert Sleeper created the Michigan State Troops Permanent
Force, (also known as the Michigan State Constabulary). With Colonel 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, peace-time Michigan State Police.
Michigan adopted a new Constitution in 1963, authorizing up to 20 departments.
Public Act 380 of 1965 reorganized the Michigan Department of State Police as one of these departments. The Director holds
the rank of Colonel and is appointed by the Governor. Today, the Michigan State Police consists of a modern-day force of law
enforcement professionals, using the latest up-to-date training and technology to protect the citizens of Michigan. What was
once a cavalry of 300 men now has evolved into one of the leading police agencies of the United States.”