The “First to Serve” is a historical work covering the first ten years of the nations oldest state police agency from 1865 to 1875.
Alcohol was the genesis for the first state police force and the primary reason why several other New England states looked to establish state police forces during the second half of the nineteenth century. Journey back in time as Ron Guilmette chronicles the lives and Civil War service of these first state police officers. The First To Serve describes the first decade of the Massachusetts State Police and the hardships and political turmoil the first constables faced enforcing the first alcohol prohibition in the nation for three dollars a day.
Nations Oldest – Worlds Finest
About the Author
Ronald J. Guilmette retired in 1999 as a Lieutenant Colonel on the Massachusetts State Police after thirty-one years of service. Ron is the past president of the Massachusetts State Police Museum and Learning Center and continues to serve on the board of directors at the state police museum in Grafton, Massachusetts. He is the author of the award-winning coffee table book The Islands of Winnipesaukee and also produced and edited the Massachusetts State Police 150th Anniversary Book. Ron lives in Salisbury, Massachusetts with his wife Ann Marie and they have four children and five grandchildren.
The Massachusetts State Police Museum and Learning Center is proud to announce the hiring of a new Museum Director,
Charlie “Shirl” Alejandro
Shirl "Charlie" Alejandro, Museum Director
Charlie Alejandro, Museum Director
Charlie “Shirl” Alejandro began her career with the Metropolitan Police Department on December 17, 1984 and became a Trooper with the Massachusetts State Police when the police consolidation law took effect on July 1, 1992. During her years with the Metropolitan Police she worked in a number of units, including: Charlie served as the only female officer on the Special Operations Unit (SOU), as an Intel officer, search & rescue, and special response team (SRT) member. She had assignments in the Speakers’ Bureau, as an academy drill instructor, court officer, as well as a certified rape and child abuse investigator. After the merger she was selected as an alternate on the S.T.O.P. team, was on the Weed & Seed team in Chelsea, worked as a homicide detective and undercover officer at Suffolk CPAC, on the DEA Task force at Logan Airport, in the major crimes unit as well as road trooper and registry of motor vehicles road tester. After her retirement in 2001, she worked as a community organizer for the City of Lowell, assistant project manager for Vance International, and as a criminal justice instructor for Lincoln Technical Schools. Charlie has successfully run CPG-CP group training with her husband and is co-founder of the Sarah’s Joy Foundation.
Massachusetts State Police Museum & Learning Center celebrate 150th anniversary of Mass. State Police.
The Massachusetts State Police Museum & learning Center will be holding a week-long celebration to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Mass. State Police.
The Museum, as well as the museum gift shop will be open to the public from May 16th to May 23rd, from 10:00 AM to 4:00PM each day. Following is a list of events scheduled for the celebration.
Saturday and Sunday, May 16th and 17th, 2015:
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM the museum is open to the general public free of charge. There will be free food, balloons, and tattoos for the kids.
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM There will be on the Museum grounds on exhibit original 1941, and 1951 Mass State Police cruisers, as well as the MSP Command post II, two Marine Unit jet skis, a Marine Unit Boat, the MSP search and rescue snow-cat, and the MSP Museum trailer.
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM we will have a mock exhibit of the famous Normal Rockwell Painting ‘The runaway”, you can get your photograph taken with the iconic image to have as a keepsake.
on Both Days there will be demonstrations conducted by the MSP K-9 unit.
Sunday, May 17th, 2015
12:00PM to 4:00PM we will also have the Photography Unit doing photo and fingerprint I’D kits for your kids.
Monday, May 18, 2015, to Saturday, May 23, 2015:
The museum is open free of admission from 10:00AM to 4:00 PM to the public. As more events are scheduled we will update the website, so please keep checking back for further news.