Colonel John C. Groome
Pennsylvania State Police
On July 1, 1905, Governor Samuel W. Pennypacker offered Captain John
C. Groome, Commanding Officer of the First Troop Philadelphia Calvary
the unique post of Superintendent.
The Harrisburg Telegraph said, "It is fortunate that the experiment...is to be
carried out under the supervision of an officer of the character and caliber of John C.
Groome...Into no safer hand could the work of organizing the force be committed and his
choice removes any misgivings as to the real aim of the new."
Productions chronicles more than a century of Pennsylvania State Police history in this
DVD and it is the most comprehensive historical documentary ever produced about the
Pennsylvania State Police to-date.
viewing this narrated documentary, you will have a greater understanding as to why and how
the Pennsylvania State Police was created.
You'll see the
Pennsylvania State Motor Police driving the infamous "ghost cars" during the
30's, 1940's Post War Constabulary, rigorous training by recruits at the first training
school in Hershey during the 20's, Pennsylvania State Troopers quelling mine strikes in the coal regions of Pennsylvania during the
60's and much more rare and remarkable footage of ... "Our Nation's First State Constabulary"
Untried by any state in the union, on May 2, 1905, Governor Samuel W.
Pennypacker signed Senate Bill 278, an act creating the Department of State Police. This was
the first of its kind in the nation. Immediately following the enactment there was national
interest generated in this new venture for bringing law and order to the rural countrysides.
Almost without exception every segment of the nation was faced with a rural law and order
problem similar to that found in Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania's success with a state police
organization was bound to influence the direction of other states. More
State Police - Historical,
Educational & Memorial Center
Many states have been
successful in establishing museums of their own state police organizations.
HEMC looks forward with anticipation and excitement to that day
when Pennsylvanians can visit, share and celebrate the rich history, culture and heritage
of our Nation's First...the Pennsylvania State Police. Get involved today and show your support.
Visit the Pennsylvania
State Police Historical,
Educational & Memorial Center's Web site.