100th Anniversary Family Celebration Formal Program

Deep within the heart, somewhere in the soul, shining through the darkness their
diamonds in the coal.
Down from Lake Superior
to the Indiana line, from farm, and town,
and city we have come so many times. Proud young men and women, to answer duties
call. To stand the test to be the best,
Blue Diamonds in the coal.
Born of emergency when our country went
to war, on horseback to the copper mines
to guarantee the or. Vandercook’s 300 came, the first troop in the fray,
at Bessemer they took a stand and helped to show the way. To serve and protect, to
preserve and defend, to know what’s right
before the fight and follow to the end.
From cavalry to trooper, our mission will
not fail.
We proudly wear the uniform,
Blue Diamonds of the road.
When Trooper Harold Anderson was felled in 21, the honor role of unknown fallen
heroes had begun. But many more will follow and some of us might fall, the right to
safely live in freedom matters most of
We ride up on the highways and high up in the sky. Soaring with the righteous stream our spirit
will not die.
For those who’ve gone before us who made
the sacrifice, will always ride beside us through the night.
To serve and protect, to preserve and
defend, to know what’s right before the
fight and follow to the end. From cavalry to
trooper our mission will not fail.
We proudly wear the uniform, Blue Diamonds of the road.
We will always be there, to lend a helping
hand, shoulder to shoulder together we
will stand. Though our names will never echo in any hall of fame, we proudly go the hard mile just the same.
Down from Lake Superior to the Indiana
line, from farm, and town, and city, we have
come so many times. Proud young men and women, to answer duties call, to stand the
test, to be the best, Blue Diamonds in the coal.
To stand the test and be the best, Blue
Diamonds on the road.
Good morning, I’m Captain Tom Deasy,
Commander of the Training Division. It is
my pleasure to welcome you to the
Michigan State Police Training Academy
for our 100th Anniversary Family
Celebration. I’d like to begin today’s
program by introducing members of
Executive Council our special guests
seated at the front of the auditorium.
Starting on my far left, Chaplain Fred
Lab, representing the MSP Chaplain Corps.
Mr. Sean Sible, Deputy Director in
charge of the Administrative Services Bureau.
Lieutenant Colonel Richard Arnold, Deputy
Director in charge of the State Services Bureau.
Lieutenant Colonel Gary Gorski, Deputy
Director in charge of the Specialized
Services Bureau. Lieutenant Colonel W.
Thomas Sands, Deputy Director in charge
of the Field Services Bureau. Governor
Rick Snyder, Governor of the great state of Michigan.
Finally, I would like to introduce and
turn the stage over to Colonel Kriste
Kibbey Etue, the Director of the Michigan
State Police.
Well thank you Captain Deasy.
What an honor it is to be here today and
to celebrate our 100th birthday. It’s
really going to be a great day for the
Michigan State Police. It was 75 years
ago, now 25 years if you think back, that
we had launched the “Blue Diamonds” video. You know if you are a member of the
Michigan State Police, and you watched
the video of “Blue Diamonds,” you know
that’s a very special video for all of
us. It talks to us; it talks about our
roots, the pride of being in the Michigan
State Police, and it talks about our
service with a purpose. You know I will
say whether you’re an enlisted member, an
enforcement member, or a civilian, and all
the many retirees that are here today,
how wonderful that is. Hopefully you
liked that video. You know it was a
ballad that was written for us, and it
was written by Mr. Sean Ryan of Petoskey.
We were hoping he could be here today, but he was not able to join us. But, our own
videographer, Ray Holt, is Ray here? Ray is
sitting there very humbly, and I want to
say, Ray remade this “Blue Diamonds” and
I’d love to give him a hand for all his work.
You know we’ve been planning this event
for four years. When we were in our last
headquarters which was downtown and
through therapy we forgot about that
place already.
When when we talked four years ago about
planning for this big event, I will tell
you, we wanted to remake that video, and
Ray took that project on so thank you.
Many people know that my roots go back
pretty deep. My father was in this
department, back in 1950 he joined the State Police. I knew from the very beginning I
wanted to be a state trooper. So you have
no idea what an honor it is to be here today.
You know I woke up this morning with a mix of spunk and emotion, and I wanted the
spunk to kick in and not the emotion so.
No I know my father’s here in spirit.
Many are in this auditorium today that
are a second-generation Michigan State
Police, but many of you this is the first
generation for you. We pride
ourselves in being family, and I will
tell you there is a very unique
connection between department members. It does set us apart quite often
from other state agencies. I do
believe that unique connection is what
makes us a world-class police department.
You know this is a family celebration
today. You will note that all the
Executive Councils in casual clothes
and as I came in this morning, people
are like, “Colonel you’re not wearing your
uniform;” and I’m like, “no this is a family
affair.” I’ve got my family here, and many
of you see, you know the Governor’s
casual, the First Family’s casual. This is
a family celebration today. I thank
the 100th Anniversary Committee that
put this on. You know we had planned four
years ago for 500 people to be here to
celebrate and I will tell you, there will
be over 2,000 people here today.
I would also like to say that this is
being live-streamed. Thank you to our
Governor who provided the technology for
us to do that, so many that are at home,
or in Florida, or Arizona, or those that
want to watch it later, we will have this
available for everyone; because, I know
everyone couldn’t squeeze into the
auditorium. It is a packed house. You know
I want to thank so many people but I do
want to take a moment to thank our
departments unofficial historian. Being a
department that’s a 100 years old
and very proud of our tradition, Mr., well its
Inspector, Retired Inspector
Phil Schertzing sitting in the very front
row with his lovely wife Gala. He has
been our historian and there is not a fact
in our agency that Phil does not know
about; or at least he tells us that on a
regular basis. I’m pretty sure Phil
knows where all the bodies are buried as
well. Pretty sure. I would like to
take a moment and recognize and thank
you. You’re such a gift to this
department. Thank you Phil!
Phil actually authored a 2002 book that
was called “Preserve Protect and Defend”;
and, it illustrated the twentieth century
of the Michigan State Police. You
will see today as you go through the
course of the day, Phil has been very
instrumental in us opening, our finally
opening our museum. It is the MSP Museum
and Learning Center, and it’s over at
headquarters; so, if you did not get an
opportunity to look at that. There’s been
some generous people who have donated to
letting us start this museum; but, I will
tell you, this museum would not have been
possible without the support of our
Governor. When we moved over to our
headquarters we’re in now, we had
approached Governor Snyder and asked if we
could have a small portion of that
building to have a museum in. He said
“absolutely yes.” So it’s so cool and I
ask you please take a moment and go
through there. We’ll constantly be
updating it; but, it’s a special place I
guarantee. You know the Michigan State
Police, we were born when the world was
at war. It was in the early months of 1917,
when the Michigan State Police was known
back then as the Michigan State Troops
Permanent Force or many of us called it
the Michigan State Constabulary. It’s
interesting to see how we were created
as a very temporary force. That we were
supposed to come in and protect this
great state, and kind of back up the
National Guard who was out of state. This
Constabulary we had originally started
very small; it had nothing, nor did it
look anything like we look today. So from
our very humble beginnings, I always say,
we came in to protect the copper mines.
By a show of hands, how many are from the
U.P. in here right now? I know you drove a
long way to be here, and I thank you! 300
men traveled to the Upper Peninsula to
protect the copper mines, and today we’re
nearly 3,000 members strong. As you know, we keep diversifying our
department, we continue to grow, and
provide just great service. We’re very aware in the State Police that we have to have a great
working relationship with our
legislative leaders and more
specifically our Governors over our
100 years. If you look back on
history, you will see what an impact they
have played in our department. I’m
extremely proud that today not only do
we work well with all three branches of
government, but we are honored to have our Governor here, but we’re also very honored to
have the first family here. We have our
First Lady Sue Snyder, Sue.
We also have the children. Kelsey,
oh Kelsey you can raise higher than that; and Zack.
Zack you gotta wave. You know it’s interesting as a department we have truly adopted the
First Family and you will see them
mingling today; and Kelsey goes to the
greatest university in the state, the
University of Michigan.
So, I always have to make a little; I will
say my son graduated from Michigan State,
so I’ve got to be. My daughter’s from
Michigan, my son from Michigan State, I’m a house divided for sure. Okay, but I do want to say that I’m so privileged
do want to say that I’m so privileged
that we have a great working
relationship, and I just want to tell you
a little bit more about our Governor.
Since Governor Snyder came in, we have
hired over 650 State Troopers.
Not to mention, when you look at the
investment he has made in our Forensic
Science Division; and our Michigan
Intelligence Operation Center; and our
Criminal Justice Information Center. I
know that we have hired probably close
to 40 new scientists alone. So you know
his Smart Justice Plan, he was the
first Governor that looked out at the
crime rate that was rising in four of our
most major urban areas, and said I
want State Troopers going in and taking
a visible presence with urban policing. Since he’s challenged the State
Police to go in all the communities that
are seeing a rise in violent crime; but
those four cities that we first went
into, the Flint, Saginaw, Detroit, and
Pontiac. I will tell you crime is down
double digits since the Michigan State
Police went in there.
So at this time, it is my pleasure to
welcome to the podium our Governor Rick Snyder.
Well thank you Colonel! It’s great to be
with you today. This is a day to
celebrate. I want to start though by
saying let’s give the Colonel a great
shout out. She’s done a wonderful job.
It’s a special honor. I think this
could be a record in terms of, I believe
we have seven former Colonels here. Let’s give them a big shout out for all their great
I look back, I believe the earliest was
1977, when Governor Milliken appointed
Colonel to your post and I appreciate that;
and I just met with the governor last
week. 95 years old and he’s still going
strong. He was sharing stories about
the Michigan State Police. Very positive
ones, so I thought I’d pass that on to you.
Today is a special day though, just
earlier this week, we had a celebration
in the Capitol. It was a wonderful
I appreciated the honor of being there
and being part of it; but I can tell you
today, I believe today’s celebration is
even more important. It’s a greater
honor being with you today, because that
was a nice celebration in the sense that
we had legislators there, we had people
from around the state; but today’s
celebration is with active members,
retirees, and your families. Because
that’s what the Michigan State Police is
all about. Is about supporting one
another, and supporting you in a role
that’s made a difference in our state
for a 100 years now. Keeping us safe. As Governor of the state of Michigan,
I’m proud to be here today on behalf of
10 million people, today and historically,
to say thank you. It’s that simple. We
need to give you our thanks for the
sacrifices you’ve made;
both the troopers themselves, the members
of the department, but also the families.
Because I recognize the sacrifices the
families make. So on behalf of all the
state of Michigan, a big thank you, and
that’s why it’s a special honor to be
with you today.
Now it truly is amazing if you look at
the history of this organization. It was
born out of World War I, protecting
copper mines. Just think about what they
would think today if they saw what the
department did today. What a
transformation. I hope we have an opportunity to
share a piece that we had on the
Wednesday event about the comparison of
the past and the present. Some of those
things are absolutely amazing. Think
about that. It was a mounted service, they
had a few vehicles, but they were riding
horses. What do you think they would
think of the cruisers that you have
today? Absolutely incredible; they’d look
inside and go what is this place. They
couldn’t even call it a spaceship because
they wouldn’t even know what one was.
Then one of my favorite notes, and you
have to read the really fine print, I had
to hold it close. I’m getting of that age,
but if you look at the fine print,
there’s actually a line, as troopers went
from community to community, the way they
kept up to date and kept in
communication is, they went to the
telegraph office in the town. Think of
that. What would they think of a cell
phone? So, it shows this massive
transformation in terms of technology,
tools, things like that. As I said on
Wednesday the one thing that hasn’t
changed, the most important thing, are the
people; and the dedication, and commitment
to service. That’s what really makes a
difference, because technology has
changed, technology will change, but the
key is having the best people, with a
great commitment to service. That’s
what this organizations done. It’s been
great to be a governor and to have the
opportunity to learn from working with
the Michigan State Police. I bet as
you came into here today, many of you had
to stop, even those of you that have
retired for many years, and remind
yourself that you’re no longer in the
academy and there is no PT training
In fact, at one graduation I told them
the comment I’ve learned enough. So, I
said I could always spot somebody if
they’re truly a trooper or an imposter. I
said I know the ultimate test. The
ultimate test is ask them what class they
graduated in, and if they can’t tell you
within two seconds, they’re not really a
trooper. So I mean think about that
devotion to service. We should be so
proud, and the colonel mentioned some of
the things we’ve done, but there’s a long
list. The regional policing plan that
brought much more safety throughout the
state of Michigan when we were in dire
financial straits.
This team, this executive team, and all
the active members rallied to come up
with a creative plan to actually protect
Michiganders better. With actually
fewer posts. The secure city partnership
that the colonel talked about, that’s one
of the greatest benefits of this
organization as you’re there to serve
Michigan, and you’ll go to where the
greatest challenges and problems are. We
had four cities from the ten most
dangerous in our country. I said that was
wrong. I said we can’t allow that to
continue. I came to the Colonel and the
team and asked them to ask members to go in
those communities. To go in harm’s way;
even more harm’s way than the way you
traditionally find it in many places in
our state. Not a person blinked an
eye. People signed up to go do that
service, and it has paid off. As the
Colonel mentioned, these communities are
all safer today because of that
commitment. That’s true policing. As we
look towards the future, we’re going to
continue to see challenges; but, the
Michigan State Police is a leader not
just in our state but in our nation. Look
at what we’re doing with community
policing now. We have the Caution Program. Other things to be proactive on, dealing
with relationships within communities.
How to deal with them in a safe fashion,
and to build long-term caring
relationships between community and law
enforcement. We’re on the forefront of
doing those things. The new technologies
are coming; the challenges with
cyber security, autonomous vehicles. There
are many new challenges coming that need
to be faced. What I can tell you though
is because of the legacy and history
that you’ve helped create in the first 100 years of the Michigan State Police; this organization, this department, these
this organization this department these
people, and their culture is well
positioned for the next 100 years.
What do you look at in the next
100 years? One of the things I’ll
share with you as to the great success
of this department is, we started doing
employee surveys of the entire state of
Michigan population. Hadn’t been done
before really. We’ve done four surveys of
employee satisfaction. The last two
surveys in particular, pointed it out that the
highest performing department in the
state of Michigan in terms of employee
engagement is the Michigan State Police.
You should be proud of that. In fact, the
people that run the survey do a
benchmark of high-performing
organizations around the country. The
scores of the Michigan State Police are
far in excess of the high performing
benchmark for the entire country. For
organizations of every type. That’s the
kind of attitude that you’re
demonstrating. What I can tell you though
in terms of challenges, with this great
performance, this great track record, the
last thing you would want to do is be
content or complacent to say you’re good
enough. That’s part of the culture here.
To say we can always do better; and,
that’s what I look forward to in my
continuing time as Governor. I’m going to
stay on the gas through the very last
day. But I presented a challenge to the
command officers recently. They’re
going to take up that challenge. What
I asked him to do was to go do a 20 to
30 year strategic plan for the Michigan
State Police. I didn’t ask for a full hundred, but I figured we can get a good chunk into the
next into the next century of this
organization. Because you should take
that leadership mantle. Do not be defined
by others. Take that lead that you’ve
shown, that the commitment to, that
dedication to, that result; and, take it
into the next hundred years with a
passion. A passion for excellence, a
passion for service. So that’s why
I’m so proud to be with you today. My
family feels like part of your family,
and that’s a special thing; and, thank you
for welcoming your arms, and welcoming us to be part of that. I’m
looking forward to a great celebration
today. It’s just a fun day. I know
this team is fired up for that next 20
or 30 years, and I think you have it on
your Monday agenda already. So thanks for
the opportunity to join you today and
happy birthday!
Thank You Governor. I would now like to
invite to the podium Chaplain Fred Lab
for a blessing of badge number 100 and a
moment of remembrance and reflection.
Good morning,
I am honored to have been asked on behalf of
the Michigan State Police Chaplains to
be here and share with you today. To take
part in this special celebration. I have
the high honor of blessing the badge. But,
let me tell you first and foremost, I am
nothing more than a simple man. I do
not feel worthy to bless such
an iconic symbol; however, I do know the
one, the Heavenly Father, from which all good blessings flow; and is upon him that we will
call upon this blessing today. Reading
from numbers in the Old Testament,
Chapter 6, verses 24-26 it says, the Lord
bless you and keep you; the Lord make his
face shine upon you; be gracious to
you; the Lord turn his face toward you,
and give you peace. in this passage, there
are six elements that present a
wonderful blessing. Starts out with the
Lord bless you. To be blessed means to be
favored. Favored by God; therefore, to
express blessing is the bestowing of an
honor on someone with hope, the hope that
they will experience the favor of God.
the Lord keep you, comes from the Hebrew
word Shamar; which means a watchman. The
watchman is the one who sees what others
do not, cannot, or may be refused to see.
To bless the word keep, is to recognize
that God is the watchman, and it says the
Lord make his face shine. This represents
this warmth of association. Goes on, it
says the Lord be gracious to you. This
represents the giving of that which is
good, or that which is not deserved, or
even that which is not earned but yet
given. This reminds me of my
very first few days being part of the
Michigan State Police. When I received my
Chaplain badge, I was talking with my
very first Post Commander, First
Lieutenant Ed Hay. I said to him, “I don’t
feel worthy to have this, I have not
earned this.” He asked me if I was going
to be a man of the cross, if I was going to
be a man responsible to the calling I had as a
chaplain. I said of course I would,
and he says, “in that case, in my eyes, you
have earned this.” I’ll tell you all these
years later I still feel the same way. I
do not deserve to wear it; however, I feel
incredibly blessed to be part of the
family that it represents, and that
family is the Michigan State Police. It
goes on, it says, the Lord turned his face
toward you. This represents God’s
acceptance to us, and says and give you
peace. Which is Shalom, which means
nothing broken, nothing missing, nothing
left out of place. God’s peace makes us
complete and it makes us whole. God the
desires nothing more than to bless his people. For the past 100 years, he has blessed
the Michigan State Police. I would like
to now invite Colonel Etue to come
forward as she holds this and we speak a little bit about this special
thing, this special badge. Perhaps the
most visible and recognizable symbol of
policing around the world is this, the
police badge. It is seen by many as a
sign of authority, a sign of sacrifice,
and a sign of service to the past 100
years. The Michigan State Police have
been blessed to wear this badge.
On our badge you will find the words tuebor which means I will defend. The
Michigan State Police officers take this
oath very seriously. For the last 100
years this badge has symbolized many
different things to the great citizens
of the state of Michigan.
This badge symbolizes
a humble authority. This badge symbolizes
a very peaceful strength.
This badge symbolizes an uncompromising
trust. This badge symbolizes and
demonstrates fierce loyalty, and this
badge commands ultimate respect. This
badge also brings comfort in the midst
of chaos. After the past 100 years this
badge has represented a proud tradition of
service through excellence integrity and
courtesy. We pray that the next 100
years brings more of the same to all the
men and women who proudly wear this
badge. I pray God’s continued blessing
upon you as you serve the great people
of the state of Michigan. I also pray
God’s future blessing and everyone who
was blessed to wear this going forward
in the next 100 years. Men and women who
will sit one day in this room, that they
don’t even know they’re going to sit
here yet; and, will one day be proud to
wear this badge. Lamentations, chapter 3,
verses 22 and 23 says, the faithful love
of the Lord never ends. His mercies never
cease. Great as his faithfulness his
mercies begin afresh each and every
morning. May God’s faithfulness, mercies,
and blessings continue to begin afresh
on the Michigan State Police each and
every morning. This badge is also a
symbol of great pride an un-surpassing
joy to every person who’s ever worn it.
However, this badge is also a symbol of
sacrifice; the ultimate sacrifice. 52
Michigan heroes from Trooper Harold E.
Anderson to Trooper Chad H. Wolf have
lost their life while wearing this badge.
Let us now take a moment and dedicate
our time, our hearts, our thoughts, to
their service and their memory.
Thank you!
I’m going to close in prayer. Father in heaven we
are grateful to you. For the blessings
that you have given to this family. There
are many members in this family, and
there will be many more. We pray and ask that you
would continue father, that each and
every morning we find new blessings in
you. We’re grateful for so much. We love
you. We praise you, and we thank you.
We pray this in the powerful name of
Jesus, amen.
Next on our agenda is the unveiling of a
new piece of art that honors the 18
directors who have served the Michigan
State Police during our first 100 years.
Documenting our leaders from Colonel Roy
Vandercook all the way to Colonel
Kriste Kibbey Etue, this tribute will be
one of the displays in our new MSP
Museum and Learning Center across the
street at headquarters. To help unveil it
here today, we are honored to have many
of our former directors. When I introduce
you Colonels, I ask that you please join
us up front. Colonel Kriste
Kibbey Etue, Colonel
Eddie Washington Jr., Colonel Peter Munoz,
Colonel Tadarial Sturdivant,
Colonel Steven Madden, Colonel
Michael Robinson, and Colonel Gerald Hough.
Colonel Richie Davis is also with us in
the back of the auditorium; as well as,
Colonel Halvorson’s Widow,
Maxine Halverson. Thank you all for your
service and continued support to the
We’re going to get a picture? We’ll try
to get a picture.
We had a picture earlier before the
ceremony started with all the previous
directors. I know Richie T. Davis
is in the back, but how wonderful to have
seven Colonels still kickin’, and
they’re doing really well. So, thank you
all for coming. I know you you’ve made it
a special priority. So now we’re at the
end of our formal program. A lot of the fun
now begins outside. You know the sun is
shining today on the Michigan State
Police. If you are from Michigan and you
didn’t come in from another state, you
know that this has been kind of a crazy
week of weather; and yet if you go out
there today, it’s absolutely beautiful. I
remind you to look at your programs,
because many of the demonstrations are
set for very specific times. If you open up your program, you’ll see. If
you want to get a closer look at these
plaques, we’re taking them quickly over
to the museum today. That’s 100 years
of leadership all captured on some wall
art. You can join me at one o’clock in
the student parking lot, because we will
be unveiling a newly refurbished 1957
MSP patrol car. I understand I get the
keys to that later today.
So, the first lady and I are going to
take it for a little spin and we’ll be
back a little later. At
three o’clock, we will have a special
celebration back at headquarters. If you
saw the big white tents when you came in
today and registered, we have a band
that’s coming in by the name of Showdown. They’re donating their
services today and I hear they’re a
phenomenal band. Not only that, we have
Cops and Donuts coming in and what’s a
cop without a donut. We’re going to
have a great time over there at three
o’clock today. Down in the cafeteria,
there’s cupcakes,
there’s punch, and popcorn. So for all the
kids here, we’re going to fill you with
sugar and then we’re going to send you
home. I just want to say, you have
no idea how much this means to have
everyone turnout. The family of the MSP that could fit in this
auditorium, we are packed with standing
room only. The only thing I have to
end is may our God continue to bless the Michigan State
Police and let’s just have a great
celebration today. Thank you everybody!

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