Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan
WHEREAS, this new force, under the leadership of Col. Roy C. Vandercook, consisted of five troops of mounted, dismounted and motorized units, totaling 300 men; and,
WHEREAS, on March 26, 1919, Public Act 26 reorganized the Constabulary as the permanent, peace-time Michigan State Police; Michigan adopted a new Constitution in 1963, authorizing up to 20 state departments, and Public Act 380 of 1965 reorganized the Michigan Department of State Police as one of these departments; and,
WHEREAS, the pride and commitment to service that began in 1917 continues today in every employee and member of the Michigan Department of State Police; during this week, we encourage Michiganders to recognize the Michigan State Police as they celebrate 96 years of service to the Great Lakes State with excellence, integrity and courtesy;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Sunday, April 14 through Saturday, April 20, 2013 as Michigan State Police History Week in Michigan.