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Maryland State Police Marks 100th Year Of Service

The Maryland State Police is proud to announce the 100th anniversary of its founding as a statewide, full-service law enforcement department that has continually provided dedicated and professional police services to the people of Maryland. The idea was born of necessity.  The dawn of the 1920’s brought a perplexing problem to the office of Maryland Governor Albert Ritchie.  The advent of the automobile was providing criminals with the means to expand their criminal enterprises and the ability to quickly flee their crime scenes and travel out of the area to avoid detection and arrest. Governor Ritchie proposed a solution that changed the landscape of law enforcement in Maryland.  He decided a police force was needed that had statewide jurisdiction and would provide both criminal and traffic enforcement across the entire state of Maryland. On January 10, 1921, the Maryland State Police became a reality as 36 recruits began training in the first academy class.  One month later, Governor Ritchie presided over the graduation of the first members of the Maryland State Police.  He charged them to “…protect the men, women and property of the State of Maryland and to preserve law and order.”  The members of the Maryland State Police have […]

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