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    • Esplanade

      Esplanade Link

      The Security and Traffic Information for the July 3rd and 4th Esplanade Events.

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    • 150th anniversary slideshow pic

      MSP 150th Anniversary

      May 16, 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the Massachusetts State Police. Click the image above to explore some of the history and tradition of the oldest State Police Department in the nation.

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    • MSP Museum

      MSP Museum and Learning Center

      Come celebrate the 150th anniversary of the MSP with the Massachusetts State Police Museum and Learning Center from May 16 - May 23.

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    • K-9 Scully with Drugs

      MSP K-9 Unit

      The K-9 Unit performs numerous functions throughout the Commonwealth.Click to see more about the unit.

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    • Massachusetts State Police Mounted Unit

      MSP Mounted Unit

      The MSP Mounted Unit at the Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Boston. The Mounted Unit is based out of Acton. Click to read more.

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    • Marine Unit Patrol

      MSP Marine Unit

      The Marine Unit has primary patrol responsibility for the Charles and Mystic rivers, Harbor Islands, Logan Airport and Massport properties in the Boston Inner Harbor

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  • Security and Traffic Information for July 3rd and 4th on the Esplanade


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    The following documents contain important information regarding this year’s July 3 and 4 celebration on the Esplanade in Boston. Open the documents to view information about prohibited items, road closures and traffic restrictions, pedestrian access points into the Esplanade, boating restrictions and guidelines, Text-A-Tip line for reporting suspicious activity, and UAV (Drone) Prohibition.

    Of particular note for 2015 are the following changes from last year’s restrictions:

    • It will be illegal to operate any unmanned aircraft (Drones, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Unmanned Aircraft Systems) in and around the Boston Esplanade during July 3 and 4.  Anyone operating one would be doing so illegally and could face Federal or State charges.

    For more information on these and other guidelines, please view the documents below:

    Esplanade Access Points  pdf format of Access Points

    Prohibited Items  pdf format of Prohibited

    Boating Guidelines  pdf format of Boating

  • French & Electric Blue, June 2015

    French & Electric Blue June 2015

    In the June edition of French and Electric Blue, Colonel Alben discusses how the Massachusetts State Police is studying the viability of issuing department members video cameras and also provides an update on the FY16 budget. We welcome our new EOPSS partners, Secretary Daniel Bennett and Undersecretary Jennifer Queally and profile the MSP’s own Ironman, Detective Lieutenant Bill Coulter. Readers will learn how Sergeant Jeff Stone represents the Division of Investigative Services on Martha’s Vineyard and get updates on the MSP Museum and Learning Center and the State Police Academy.

  • Celebrating 150 Years of State Policing 1865 - 2015

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    On Saturday May 16, 2015, the Massachusetts State Police proudly celebrates its 150th anniversary as the oldest state police agency in the United States.

    In the 1800's the common title for police officers was constable. The Massachusetts State Police traces its origins directly through legislature to the Massachusetts State Constabulary, the first statewide police agency in the nation. The creation of the State Constabulary was signed into law on May 16, 1865 by Massachusetts Governor John A. Andrews. The establishment of a State Police Force in 1865 was unprecedented in this country, but the Massachusetts legislation creating the statewide force would eventually be adopted in various forms throughout our great nation. In fact, 49 States currently have a state policing agency, with Hawaii being the only exception as the Sherriff's Division of the Hawaii Department of Public Safety provides the statewide police services.

    There are different forms of State Police Agencies across the country today. Eighteen states use a Highway Patrol, with a primary function of, in accordance with their name, patrolling the highways. Seven states use a State Patrol, with a primary role of traffic enforcement, but in most states, duties are broadened to assisting with prison riots and other large scale support within the state.  Twenty-two states use the term State Police, which most often encompasses a full service police agency with a broad range of specializations. Some of the State Police Agencies do more, or in some cases less, than what is provided here as a general overview.

    The Massachusetts State Police 150th Anniversary

    To read more about the history of the Massachusetts State Police, click the link in the slideshow above, or the link above.