The Michigan State Police celebrate 95 years.
On Thursday the department hosted a party for employees and their families to take a look back in time and to show how far the department has come.
It was 1917 and with the world at war, Michigan needed its own internal security.
Daniel Atkinson, Michigan State Police: “The state police has a lot of tremendous history.”
Tremendous history that grew from humble beginnings as a department of just 300 men.
Atkinson: “A lot of people went before us to create this wonderful tradition and history within the department.”
With one foot firmly planted in it's history, the Michigan State Police have taken great strides forward.
Atkinson: “Technology has improved, the vehicles have improved, training has improved.”
The Michigan State Police helicopter is just one of many tools they've acquired in 95 years but as technology continues to change MSP says the most important thing about the agency has stayed the same.
Atkinson: “The basic traditions, and integrity, courtesy, professionalism- that's all still the same.”
From a small group of men, brave enough to step up and protect their homeland, to a department of hundreds equipped with the latest technology.
Atkinson: “Celebrate where we've come in 95 years and hopefully walk away with a lot of pride in what the department has brought.”
And with a nod to the past they look forward; knowing the present will someday be a part of MSP's treasured past.