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Encyclopedia > Massachusetts State Police
Massachusettes State Police patch
Massachusettes State Police patch

The Massachusetts State Police (MSP) is an agency of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Executive Office of Public Safety responsible for criminal law enforcement and traffic vehicle regulation across the state. At present, it has approximately 2,500 officers and 400 civilian support staff -- making it the largest police agency in the state -- and is headed by Colonel Mark Delaney. Its General Headquarters (GHQ) is located in Framingham, Massachusetts. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... For the band, see The Police. ... Location in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country United States State Massachusetts County Middlesex County Settled 1650 Incorporated 1700 Government  - Type Representative town meeting Area  - Town  26. ...

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History

MSP Seal
MSP Seal

The MSP was founded in 1865, making it the oldest state-wide police agency in the United States. The agency remained small and rather informal until 1921, when the MSP was enlarged to comprise 50 officers stationed in barracks across the state with the primary mission of providing law enforcement to rural areas underserved by existing local police agencies. This law enforcement mission was performed by the Trooper on horse back, usually, and in motor cars in areas with upgraded roads. The MSP enlarged its mission to handle primary vehicular regulation on the Commonwealth's interstate and limited-access highways after their development mid-century; during this period, it also established a presence in protecting Logan International Airport. Image File history File links SPMAseal. ... Image File history File links SPMAseal. ... 1865 (MDCCCLXV) is a common year starting on Sunday. ... Year 1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... For the Logan airport in Billings, Montana, see Billings Logan International Airport. ...


For much of the twentieth century, the MSP was organized along militaristic lines with a heavy emphasis on the role of the barracks, Spartan working conditions, and a uniformity in appearance and internal culture. Until recently, the MSP maintained one of the strictest regimens for physical size requirements for applicants. Efforts are being made presently to render the department more racially diverse, as well as more inclusive of women and GLBT officers.


The history of the agency is being researched and preserved for the 2010 opening of the Massachusetts State Police Museum and Learning Center. The museum is being made possible by funding of MSP troopers and employees. The museum will be located at the site of the former Troop C2 barracks in Grafton. There is currently a temporary museum at the barracks until construction is completed. Planned exhibits for the museum are Grafton is a town located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ...

Massachusetts State Police fully marked Dodge charger.
Massachusetts State Police fully marked Dodge charger.
  • Restored 1931, 1941, 1951 Ford Cruisers
  • Motorcycles, including a 1963 Harley Davidson
  • State Police Weapons (past & present)
  • Historical uniforms, hats and artifacts
  • Harvard riot photos and riot equipment
  • Mounted police equipment and other Equine related items
  • Original teletype machine
  • The first computer used by the State Police department
  • Historic daily station logs
  • President John F. Kennedy photos and memorabilia
  • Nostalgic badges and patches

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Merger of Police Agencies Under State Control

In 1992, the former Massachusetts Department of Public Safety - Division of State Police, Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles Police, Massachusetts Capitol Police, and Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) Police (commonly known as the Metropolitan Police) departments merged to form what is currently known as the Department of State Police (an agency within the Executive Office of Public Safety, which is different from the Department of Public Safety). The four former agencies officially ceased to exist on July 1, 1992. After discussions regarding the uniform for the new agency, it was decided that the distinctive uniform and seal of the former Division of State Police would be retained by the newly formed Department of State Police. The ranks of Corporal and Staff Sergeant were not carried over into the new agency. The Massachusetts Environmental Police remain a separate entity under the Division of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Environmental Law Enforcement, which is under the auspices of the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. As of late, there have been rumors of the State police merging with the MBTA Transit Police. The Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV), in Massachusetts and some other US States, is the branch of state government that regulates the registration and licenscing of cars and drivers. ... The United States Capitol Police is a police force charged with protecting the legislative branch of the U.S. government. ... The Metropolitian District Commission is a defunct agency of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. ... MBTA Police Badge The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Police (T Police / Transit Police) is a police force which has primary jurisdiction on Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) property and vehicles in each of the 178 cities and towns within the MBTA District. ...


Training

Recruit and in-service training for the Massachusetts State Police takes place at the MSP academy located centrally in Massachusetts at 340 West Brookfield Rd. in New Braintree. Prior to the 1992 merger, the Division of State Police's Training Academy was located in Framingham, Massachusetts. This facility now houses the Department of State Police General Headquarters. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 1081 KB) Summary Massachusetts State Police Cruiser Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 1081 KB) Summary Massachusetts State Police Cruiser Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor of the United States Federal Protective Service. ... New Braintree is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. ... Location in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country United States State Massachusetts County Middlesex County Settled 1650 Incorporated 1700 Government  - Type Representative town meeting Area  - Town  26. ...


Becoming a Trooper is a competitive process. Approximately 14,000 men and women took the written entrance exam in June of 2002. Out of that, only a few hundred were selected to become members of the MSP. After receiving a conditional job offer, the recruit then has to make it through twenty-five weeks of paramilitary training as part of a Recruit Training Troop (RTT). Also see: 2002 (number). ...


During the twenty-five weeks of training the recruit lives at the academy Monday through Friday. Their day starts early at 5:30 and goes right until 8 p.m. with lights out around 9:30. The recruits attend over ninety-eight academic classes and must pass ten cumulative exams with a passing score of seventy percent. Along with classes, recruits have to take part in daily physical regimens such as running and weight lifting.


The academy takes a toll both mentally and physically on the recruit and many recruits do not make it through. To give an example, when the 77th RTT started in November of 2004 there were 180 recruits. During the first week 44 recruits dropped out and 34 new recruits had to be added in. By the end of the twenty-five weeks only 137 graduated, earning themselves the title of Massachusetts State Trooper. Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Rank Structure[1]

  • Recruit Officer
  • Probationary Trooper
Massachusetts State Police fully marked Dodge charger.
Massachusetts State Police fully marked Dodge charger.
  • Trooper
  • Trooper First Class
  • Sergeant
  • Lieutenant
  • Captain
  • Major
  • Lieutenant Colonel / Deputy Superintendent
  • Colonel / Superintendent

The rank of Trooper First Class is automatically awarded after 5 years of service at the rank of Trooper. Promotion to the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain are based on varying combinations of years of service, promotional exam score, and/or performance on oral examination boards. The ranks of Detective Lieutenant and Detective Captain are appointed; an individual must already have attained the rank of Lieutenant prior to being appointed to the rank of Detective Lieutenant and must have attained the rank of Captain prior to being appointed to the rank of Detective Captain. The rank of Major and Lieutenant Colonel are appointed by the Colonel / Superintendent. The Deputy Superintendent holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. The Colonel / Superintendent is appointed by the Governor of the Commonwealth. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...


Rank structure prior to 1991:

  • Recruit Officer
  • Probationary Trooper
  • Trooper
  • Corporal
  • Sergeant
  • Staff Sergeant
  • Lieutenant
  • Captain
  • Major
  • Lieutenant Colonel / Deputy Superintendent
  • Colonel / Superintendent

Field Services - State Police Stations

Massachusetts State Police Unmarked patrol cruiser.
Massachusetts State Police Unmarked patrol cruiser.

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Troop A

Troop "A" includes the northeastern section of the commonwealth. The A Troop headquarters are located in Danvers, and there are 70 municipalities located within Troop A. Danvers is the name of some places in the United States of America: Danvers, Illinois Danvers, Massachusetts This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


Troop A Barracks are located in:

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Troop B

Troop "B" includes the western section of the commonwealth. The B Troop headquarters are in Northampton. Troop B has primary law enforcement responsibilities in many municipalities that lack local police departments in western Massachusetts. Northampton is a large market town and a local government district in the English East Midlands region. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ...


Troop B Barracks are located in:

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Troop C

Troop "C" includes the central section of the commonwealth. It is the largest of the troops, and the C Troop headquarter are located in Holden. Also, 85 cities or towns rely on C Troop to assist with law enforcement or provide primary coverage. For the band, see The Police. ...


Troop C Barracks are located in:

  • C-1 Athol
  • C-2 Millbury
  • C-3 Brookfield
  • C-4 Leominster
  • C-5 Sturbridge
  • C-6 Holden
  • C-7 Belchertown
  • C-9 Devens

Troop D

Troop "D" includes the southeastern section of the commonwealth. The D Troop headquarters are located in Middleboro, and the Troop also includes Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket Middleborough is a town located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. ... This article is about the area of Massachusetts known as Cape Cod. For other uses, see Cape Cod (disambiguation). ... Map of Marthas Vineyard. ... Nantucket is an island south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, formed of glacial moraine. ...

Massachusetts State Police fully marked cruiser.

Troop D Barracks are located in: Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...

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Troop E

Troop "E" is unique in that it does not encompass a section of the commonwealth, but is responsible for the Massachusett's Turnpike, which stretches from Boston to the New York border. E Troop headquarters are located in Boston. Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1, Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution, Puritan City, Americas Walking City Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ... This article is about the state. ...


Troop E Barracks are located in:

  • E-1 Weston
  • E-2 Charlton
  • E-3 Wesfield
  • E-4 Tunnels
Massachusetts State Police Unmarked patrol cruiser parked in the Columbia Road rotary in Boston.
Massachusetts State Police Unmarked patrol cruiser parked in the Columbia Road rotary in Boston.

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Troop F

Troop "F" is solely resposible for Boston's Logan International Airport. It's headquarters are located inside the airport. There is only one Barracks. Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1, Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution, Puritan City, Americas Walking City Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ... For the Logan airport in Billings, Montana, see Billings Logan International Airport. ...


Troop F Barracks are located in:

FAA diagram of Logan Airport Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport, in the East Boston neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, is one of the 20 busiest airports in the U.S., with 22 million passengers a year using its 43 airlines. ...

Troop H

Troop "H" includes the metropolitan Boston area. This troop extends southeast to the Rhode Island border and west to the A Troop border in Waltham. Troop H headquarters are located in South Boston Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1, Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution, Puritan City, Americas Walking City Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ...


Troop H Barracks are located in:

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Community Action Teams

"H" Troop CAT Team unmarked cruisers on a speed trap in Boston.
"H" Troop CAT Team unmarked cruisers on a speed trap in Boston.

The State Police CAT teams are unique units. The purpose of the CAT teams is to augment A, B, C, D, and H troop barracks with extra patrols to be used for various duties. They are a combination of an anti-crime unit and a motor vehicle enforcement unit, with a tremendous amount of freedom. The units are not part of any troop barracks, but rather elite unites out of A, B, C, D, and H troop headquarters . The units do not take any mandatory calls, but rather responds to calls using discretion. Duties include routine patrol of high crime areas in inner cities, routine patrol of major highways, major traffic enforcement, routine plain-clothes foot or vehicle patrol, bicycle patrol, undercover missions with local police departments, and major traffic accident response. CAT troopers are also responsible for dignitary escorts, funeral prisoner escorts, attending community meetings, business seizures, school programs, static vehicle displays at community events, security at high-risk trials, security at parades, and many other various special missions. Also, during winter storms when roads are hazardous, CAT troopers perform normal barracks patrols in order to assist various troop barracks. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1, Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution, Puritan City, Americas Walking City Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ...


Field Services - Traffic Operations

Collison Analysis and Reconstruction Section (C.A.R.S.)

This section provides reconstruction services to local and state police agencies for collisions involving fatalities or serious bodily injuries. Collision reconstruction specialists are said to be available "24-7-365.25", with no charge to the requesting agency.The section responds to calls for assistance in the investigation of fatal or serious bodily injury collisions. C.A.R.S. conducts "at scene" investigations, measuring the scene using the Topcon Total Station, photogrammetry, or graduated tapes. The collision vehicles are examined for

Motor vehicle accident following a vehicular pursuit in Boston.
Motor vehicle accident following a vehicular pursuit in Boston.

mechanical defects and the damage is documented. Data stored by the Crash Data Recorder (CDR) is secured and analyzed, as each member is a Crash Data Technician and Analyst. Mathematical analysis of the data is performed when necessary. Scale diagrams and plates are produced as required, and a detailed reconstruction report is written. Expert testimony is provided by members in both civil and criminal actions. The section also provides detailed, scale mapping of large outdoor crime scenes, and assists agencies with routine mathematical analysis or vehicle examinations.The section is composed of seven sergeants and seventeen troopers, all of whom are active collision reconstructionists. The members of the section are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR), or are currently pursuing accreditation. The members also maintain memberships in many professional associations, such as the National Association of Professional Accident Reconstruction Specialists (NAPARS). The members, on average, handle approximately 30 cases each per year. They are further required to attain at least 40 hours of additional education/training per year. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1, Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution, Puritan City, Americas Walking City Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ...

Motor Vehicle Regulatory Section

  • Commercial Drivers Licensing Unit - This unit is the primary licensing authority for commercial driver licenses in the Commonwealth.
  • Compliance Unit - This unit is responsible for a variety of law enforcement duties focusing on investigations of license fraud, and identity theft.
  • Salvage Title Unit - This unit conducts salvage inspections, and assigns Mass Vehicle Identification Numbers.
  • Special Assignment Unit - This unit provides a law enforcement presence at the registry of motor vehicles.
  • Vehicle Services Unit - This unit is very diverse. It's duties and responsibilities include school bus inspections, and investigations on commercial establishments.

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Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section (C.V.E.S.)

Also called the "Truck Team," this unit has many duties and responsibilities. These duties include: Roadside inspection of commercial vehicles, insuring the safety of hazardous substances in trasport, operating weigh stations, local commercial vehicle enforcement, investigating commercial vehicle crashes, investigations, and operating the regional commercial vehicle academy.


Field Services - Tactical Operations

State Police helicopter at Plymouth Airport
State Police helicopter at Plymouth Airport

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Air Wing Section

This is the State Police helicopter unit. The State Police Air Wing has provided the Commonwealth and its network of first responders with airborne support for over three decades. It is the largest and most comprehensive full time public safety aviation unit in New England. Aircrews stand ready to respond from three strategically located Air Bases within the state 365 days a year.


Special Tactics and Operations

The STOP team serves as the State Police SWAT squad. This unit responds to major incidents, hostage situations, dangerous search warrants, and any other serious events.


Special Emergency Response Team

Marine section boats docked in Boston.
Marine section boats docked in Boston.

The SERT team serves as a requestable adjunct to local law enforcement agencies requesting state assistance in civil disturbances, special events, or missing persons searches. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2160x1440, 757 KB) Summary Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Massachusetts State Police Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2160x1440, 757 KB) Summary Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Massachusetts State Police Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1, Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution, Puritan City, Americas Walking City Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ...


Marine Section

The Marine Section provides routine river and marine patrol on the Charles River, Mystic River, and in the Boston Harbor Islands National Park. It also provides a state wide response facility, using road transportable vessels.[2] An NYPD boat on patrol in New York Harbor A Metropolitan Police launch on the River Thames in London A Chicago Police Department boat on Lake Michigan Water police, also called harbour patrols, port police, marine police, or river police, are police officers, usually a department of a larger police... The Charles River from the Boston side, facing Cambridge and the main campus of Harvard University. ... For other uses, see Mystic River (disambiguation) A quiet afternoon on the Mystic River, as seen from very close to Grandfathers House, Medford, Massachusetts Mystic River and environs The Mystic River is the name of a short river in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States. ... The Harbor Islands of Boston Harbor, Boston, Massachusetts, are a collection of 34 islands, many of which are open for public recreation and some of which are very small and best suited for wildlife. ...


Underwater Recovery Team

Massachusetts State Police motorcycle.
Massachusetts State Police motorcycle.

URT members are available 24 hours a day and are ready for deployment to any part of the state at a moments notice. Because of the highly aquatic geography of Massachusetts, divers frequently perform missions in lakes, rivers, ponds, quarries, as well as the immediate coastline of Massachusetts including Cape Cod and the waters off the coasts of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. Divers are trained to perform missions in these waters at all times of the year. In the winter months, this means diving in frigid waters sometimes covered in ice. At other times of the year, water conditions such as swift currents also pose particular challenges to divers. Aside from adverse water conditions due to weather, divers are also trained to work in confined spaces such as water wells and drainage pipes. These areas are extremely dangerous due to the limited room for movement and special equipment needed to perform such dives. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 528 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1630 × 1849 pixels, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 528 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1630 × 1849 pixels, file size: 1. ...


Motorcycle Unit

Although each troop has its own Motorcycle Unit, their activities are controlled by a tactical operations lieutenant stationed at each troop headquarters. The unit is responsible for dignitary escorts, funeral escorts, prisoner escorts, and many other types of special missions. The Motorcycle Unit is one of the most desirable units in the state police.


Mobile Field Force

Massachusetts State Police fully marked K9 cruiser
Massachusetts State Police fully marked K9 cruiser

The Mobile Field Force is a fairly new unit composed of Troopers from various barracks and special units. It's purpose is rapid deployment to civilian protests and other major incidents. In October of 2007 while coordinating with the Boston Police Department, the unit played a large role in responding to riots in Boston following the Red Sox World Series victory. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Current BPD Uniform Patch The Boston Police Department (BPD) has the primary responsibility for law enforcement and investigation within the city of Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Boston Red Sox are a Major League Baseball team located in Boston, Massachusetts. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ...


K9 Unit

The State Police K-9 unit deploys approximately 75 highly trained canines to agencies throughout New England for search and rescue, criminal apprehension, narcotics detection, crowd control, missing persons searches, cadaver recovery searches, site security, arson detection, explosive detection, and other missions. Depending on specific mission requirements, members of the canine unit would work in support of, or in conjunction with, other specialized units including the Air Wing, STOP team, Marine Unit, Dive Team, SERT team and SIU. Their services are available upon request, without cost to the requesting agency.


Investigative Services

County Detective Units

Each county in the commonwealth of the state has its own State Police detective unit that works out of the district attorney's office. Boston is the only city in the commonwealth that has the authority to investigate homicides. The various district attorney's offices investigate all other homicides in any other citys or towns. The detective units also investigate many other major crimes and serious incidents. Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1, Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution, Puritan City, Americas Walking City Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ...


Attorney General's Office

The detective unit in the Attorney General's office is composed of the drug unit, the computer crimes unit, and various other specialized investigative squads. The unit investigates everything from white collar crime to drug distribution.


Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section

The VFAS is tasked with apprehending the commonwealth's most violent and elusive fugitives. The unit works with various local and federal agencies and is part of numerous task forces.


Gang Unit

The State Police Gang Unit works closely with local law enforcement in cities with large amounts of gang violence. In Boston, the State Police Gang Unit teams up with Boston police in unmarked vehicles. There are two Troopers and two Boston Officers in each vehicle. The unit's main task is proactive patrol. Rather than taking 9-1-1 calls, the unit looks for suspicious and gang related activity.


Governor's Auto Theft Strike Force

The State Police Auto Theft unit is equipped with extremely stealthy vehicles which are outfitted with the latest laptop computers and LoJack systems. The unit's main task is investigating motor vehicle theft and chop shops, and performs a large amount of surveillance.


Crime Lab

The Massachusetts State Police Crime Lab is located in Sudbury. The Lab is broken up into sections and units:

  • Arson & Explosives Unit
  • Ballistics Section
  • CODIS Unit
  • Criminalistics Section
  • Crime Secene Services
  • DNA Unit
  • Drug Unit
  • Evidence Control Unit
  • Identification Section
  • Office of Alcohol Testing
  • Toxicology Unit
  • Tace Analysis Unit

Vehicles

Ford

2007 Ford Police Interceptor
2007 Ford Police Interceptor

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  • Fully Marked - Outfitted in the State Police paintjob, a roof lightbar, and the full police patrol/light package
  • Semi Marked - Outfitted in the State Police paintjob, no roof lightbar, and the full police patrol/light package
  • Unmarked Patrol - Outfitted in a solid grey paintjob, no roof lightbar, and the full police patrol/light package
  • Unmarked - Outfitted in many colors, very few lights, and used primarily for officers of rank and detectives

Taurus

  • Unmarked - Outfitted in many colors, very few lights, and used primarily for officers of rank and detectives

Five Hundred

  • Unmarked - Outfitted in many colors, very few lights, and used primarily for officers of rank and detectives

Mustang

  • Unmarked - Outfitted in many colors, very few lights, and used primarily for officers of rank and detectives

Escape

  • Unmarked - Outfitted in many colors, very few lights, and used primarily for officers of rank and detectives

Explorer

  • Fully Marked - Outfitted in the State Police paintjob, a roof lightbar, and the full police patrol/light package
  • Unmarked Patrol - Outfitted in Solid Black paintjob, no roof lightbar,and the full police patrol/light package

Expedition

  • Fully Marked - Outfitted in the State Police paintjob, a roof lightbar, and the full police patrol/light package
  • Unmarked Patrol - Outfitted in Solid Black paintjob, no roof lightbar,and the full police patrol/light package

Chevrolet

Semi-marked Dodge Charger behind H Troop Headquarters in South Boston.
Semi-marked Dodge Charger behind H Troop Headquarters in South Boston.

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  • Unmarked Patrol - Outfitted in a solid gray paintjob, no roof lightbar, and the full police patrol/light package
  • Unmarked - Outfitted in many colors, very few lights, and used primarily for officers of rank and detectives

Dodge

Charger

  • Semi Marked - Outfitted in the State Police paintjob, no roof lightbar, and the full police patrol/light package
  • Unmarked - Outfitted in many colors, very few lights, and used primarily for officers of rank and detectives

Intrepid

  • Unmarked Patrol - Outfitted in many colors, no roof lightbar, and the full police patrol/light package
  • Unmarked - Outfitted in many colors, very few lights, and used primarily for officers of rank and detective
Patrol Motorcycle in the motorcycle bay at H Troop Headquarters in in South Boston.
Patrol Motorcycle in the motorcycle bay at H Troop Headquarters in in South Boston.

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Harley Davidson

Patrol Motorcycle

  • Fully Marked - Outfitted in the State Police paintjob, many lights, and the full motorcycle police patrol package

Other Makes and Models

Other vehicle makes and models are utilized, but they are not readily issued. Vehicles like Ford Pickup trucks, Toyota SUVs and Sedans, and other various models, are used primarily for stealthy, secretive units like the gang unit and the auto theft strike force. Aside from stealthy patrol, these units conduct a large amount of surveillance. The less people that know these vehicles are law enforcement cruisers, the more successful the units are going to be. Ford may mean a number of things: A ford is a river crossing. ... This article is about the automaker. ...


Demographics

As of June 2000, the Massachusetts State Police had the following demographics:[3]

  • Male: 91%
  • Female: 9%
  • White: 89%
  • African-American/Black: 11%

The MSP is one of the few State Police Departments in the US where the percentage of African American officers (11%) is significantly greater than that of the state population (6.97%). An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ...


MSP in popular culture

Matt Damon playing a Massachuesetts State Trooper in The Departed. The movie was mostly shot in Boston.
  • Ben Benson's series of novels featuring Massachusetts State Troopers such as high ranking detective Wade Paris and rookie cop Ralph Lindsey, appearing mostly in the 1950s, were among the earliest examples of police procedurals.
  • The Robert B. Parker character Spenser is said to have been with the MSP, specifically as a detective with the Suffolk County District Attorney's office. He frequently interacts with an MSP homicide detective named Captain Healy (who also appears in the Jesse Stone novels) and worked with an MSP trooper named Nate Lundquist in the novel Pale Kings and Princes.
  • The Massachusetts State Police are mentioned finding the body of Hank Schillinger on an episode of the HBO drama Oz.
Norman Rockwell's "The Runaway".
  • MSP personnel and vehicles have been seen in the background in episodes of Crossing Jordan.

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See also

. ... The following defunct Massachusetts police agencies were merged in 1992 to form the current Department of State Police and are no longer in existence. ...

Bibliography

  • French and Electric Blue: The Massachusetts State Police, A History, William F. Powers, 1979, Printed by Sullivan Bros., Printers, Lowell, Massachusetts
  • Enforcement Odyssey, Massachusetts State Police. A new Commemorative History of One of the Nations Premiere State Law Enforcement Agencies by: William F. Powers(c), 1998. Turner Publishing Company, 412 Broadway, P.O. Box 3101, Paducah, Kentucky 41002-3101. Library of Congress Catalog No. 97-61567, ISBN 1-56311-388-0.

References

  1. ^ Massachusetts State Police Public Affairs Office
  2. ^ State Police Marine Section. Commonwealth of Massachusetts (2007). Retrieved on 2007-11-01.
  3. ^ Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics, 2000: Data for Individual State and Local Agencies with 100 or More Officers. United States Department of Justice. Retrieved on 2007-11-01.

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