"The First To Serve” by Ron Guilmette
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 thegenesis 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.