Colonel John C. Groome
Pennsylvania State Police
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
release of the re-edited and digitally remastered DVD...
Our Nation's First State Constabulary. It includes new vintage footage of the early Constabulary
not shown in the previous version, plus a bonus feature of "The First & Finest"
music video. DON'T
DELAY... ORDER TODAY!
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.
When 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.