The Michigan State Police is celebrating their centennial birthday today.

“The pride and commitment to service that began 100 years ago remains intact today in every member of the Michigan State Police,” said Governor Rick Snyder. “I encourage all Michiganders to join me in recognizing this historic milestone and their 100 years of proud service to the Great Lakes state with excellence, integrity and courtesy.”

According to the MSP, the history of the Michigan State Police is this: "On April 19, 1917, Gov. Albert Sleeper created the Michigan State Troops Permanent Force, also known as the Michigan State Constabulary." Col. Roy Vandercook led the first force, which consisted of five troops of mounted, dismounted and motorized units totaling 300 men.

The Michigan State Police also provided this "Then and Now" chart:

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