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    • Student Trooper Program 2015

      Student Trooper Program 2015

      Applications for the Student Trooper Program 

      will be accepted from April 1 - April 29.

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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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    • C3 Policing

      C3 Policing

      Springfield Police and Massachusetts State Police C3 teams have been very active in Springfield.Click to go to the C3 policing site and find out more about C3 policing.

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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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    • K-9 Kallie remembered

      K-9 Tribute

      Click here to access the State Police K-9 Tribute Page.

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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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    • Air Wing

      MSP Air Wing

      The MSP Air Wing operates out of bases at Lawrence Airport, Plymouth Airport, and Westover Airport.

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    • Drill and Ceremonial Unit

      MSP Drill and Ceremonial Unit

      The Massachusetts State Police Drill and Ceremonial Unit officially represents the Department at funerals, parades, ceremonies and dedications.

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    • Pipes and Drums in Annapolis MD

      MSP Pipes and Drums

      The Massachusetts State Police Pipes and Drums perform at Department functions, funerals, parades, and to raise money for charities.

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  • French & Electric Blue, April 2015 links to Movie file

    French and Electric Blue cover April 2015

    The April edition of French and Electric Blue features an article about Forensic Scientist John Drugan and a profile of the Bank Robbery Task Force.  The MSP Pipes and Drums are highlighted, as is the hard work of Trooper Russell E. Patenaude of State Police Bourne.  Readers can learn about the status of the CAD/RMS project and read news from all over the Commonwealth in the “From the Field” section.

  • Family of Late MSP Lieutenant Colonel Carries on His Values Through  University Scholarship

    ltc michael shanahan

    If you work hard enough, you can do anything

    –Michael B Shanahan

    That was one of Lieutenant Colonel Michael B. Shanahan’s favorite sayings, and one of the many things his family remembers about his work ethic and values.  Lieutenant Colonel Shanahan, who died on June 28, 2006 after fighting a heroic battle against cancer, is remembered fondly by many of his old colleagues on the Massachusetts State Police. What’s more, through a scholarship begun by his family, his legacy continues to be one of helping others.

    Lieutenant Colonel Shanahan joined the State Police in 1971, a year after his honorable discharge as a sergeant in the Marine Corps (having served two tours in Vietnam).  He rose steadily through the ranks of the department, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1996.  Throughout his professional career, he also placed a high value on education, earning honors degrees from Northern Essex Community College, the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and Harvard University, from which he graduated in 1994 with a master’s degree in public administration. Following his MSP career, he joined Bank of America as a senior corporate security investigator and manager.

    To honor his memory, Lieutenant Colonel Shanahan’s loving wife Diane and two children, Christina and Michael, in 2008 founded the Lt. Colonel Michael B. Shanahan Memorial Scholarship at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell to help students with tuition and other college-related expenses. The scholarship is the first at UMass-Lowell specifically for criminal justice majors. With the support of family, friends, numerous law enforcement agencies, and businesses, the scholarship fund reached the status of endowment in less than a year, placing it in perpetuity and creating a lasting tribute to Lieutenant Colonel Shanahan.  This past April, the university dedicated in Lieutenant Colonel Shanahan’s memory a conference room in the school’s new $40 million, 69,000-square-foot Health and Social Sciences building.

    “Our mission as a family is to continue to honor and memorialize in a way that will inspire others through the gift of education,” Mrs. Diane Shanahan stated. “The students chosen truly exemplify who Mike was: accomplished, dedicated and hardworking.”

    Donations to the scholarship fund may be made to the Lt. Col. Michael B. Shanahan Memorial Scholarship Fund, UMass-Lowell, Office of Advancement, One University Avenue, Southwick 250, Lowell, MA 01854, Attn: Daniel Covert, manager of gift operations.

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