Michigan State Police celebrate 100 years with a special open house

MSP 100th Anniversary

Michigan State Troopers and members of the public gathered Thursday in Hermansville at the IXL Museum for the Gladstone post's open house celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the Michigan State Police.  The day began with the posting of the colors and a few words from Gladstone Post Commander, Gregory Cunningham on the history of the State Police and their part in Hermansville's history.  After that people headed out to take in all of the displays on hand representing the past, present and future of the State Police.  I think the only State Police piece of equipment that wasn't on hand was one of their helicopters. They had everything here for people to check out.  There were displays for specials weapons, the dive team, forensics...you name it.  One of the highlights was the many vehicles on hand.  They had everything from a 1957 cruiser to a patrol car from the 30's and even a State Police Model-T.  There was even one model whose efficiency wouldn't be measure in miles per gallon but rather in miles per pail.  Detective Sergeant Jeremy Hauswirth was decked out in the full uniform of a 1917 State Trooper and to top it all off he was sitting atop a beautiful horse looking like he rode straight of another time.  Now I have to give Jeremy the credit for putting together the awesome uniform but the credit for the beautiful horse, whose name is Katey, goes to Hauswirth's daughter Linnea because, apparently, dad borrowed his daughter's horse for the day.  "When the State Police started in 1917 we wore outfits that were basically the standard issue WWI Doughboy soldier outfits.  So that is what I've put together today is a replica of a 1917 uniform from the State Police".  If you were wondering why all this was taking place in Hermansville it's because this was the first State Police post in the area.  Trooper John Maga was the first Trooper assigned here.  His daughter was able to attend today's open house along with some other family.  As I said earlier, there were tons of things to look at but in the end, of course, the fan favorite was the K9 unit.  Nobody can get upset about coming in second to the K9 unit right?  Everybody loves dogs and Bach put on a good show with his handler Trooper Kelley from the Gladstone post.