Michigan State Police mark 99th anniversary today

The Michigan State Police are celebrating an important birthday today, marking 99 years on the job. In addition, Gov. Rick Snyder has declared this week Michigan State Police History Week.

The agency, which numbers about 2,000 personnel statewide, can trace its roots to a temporary force organized to keep an eye on domestic security in 1917, during World War I. It was made permanent two years later, in 1919, and is now considered among the top law enforcement agencies in the nation.

Over the years, the department has undergone significant changes, as improvements in training and technology have taken place.

But the individual trooper – the officer most members of the public come into contact most often – has remained as hard working as ever, said Trooper Stacey Rasanen of the Negaunee Township post.

“They’re people that can follow orders, follow direction and want to get the job done right,” she said in comments that appeared in a Monday Mining Journal story about the anniversary. “They’re very dedicated and they’re able to work long hours, work weekends and holidays and they have to have a love for the job to keep coming back.

The agency has scheduled open houses across the state in the coming months to enable residents to meet personnel and tour facilities.

The following is a schedule of those events. We encourage readers to take advantage of the opportunity.

– The Negaunee Township post , 3 to 5 p.m. June 2

– Calumet, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 17

– St. Ignace, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 24

– Sault Ste. Marie, July 16 during the Newberry Car Show

– Wakefield, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 2

– Iron Mountain, noon-2 p.m. July 16 at Angeli’s Plaza in Iron River

– Gladstone, 2-5 p.m. Sept. 21