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We Served with Honor, Dignity, Pride and Integrity
In The Beginning -
organizational meeting of the Maryland State Police Alumni Association
was held on September 15, 1960 in the Penn Hotel in Towson, Maryland.
Twelve former Maryland State Troopers gathered in the "Garrett" room in
the Penn Hotel to decide if and how they should go about forming an
alumni assn. of former members of the Maryland State Police.
The meeting had been called together by
Jack Gosnell who had phoned everybody he could think of who had worked
for the MSP, either as a member of the "Triangle Taxi" or later under
the new shield currently on the front doors.
In the course of the evening, which naturally
involved a few beers, they drew up the opening criteria for membership
and voted on it. Shelton Bosley announced to all assembled: "Okay guys,
that's good logical rule for starters. But you just voted me out! I
didn't have 2 full years and wasn't off probation.
Following some shuffling of the feet, and
nervous clearing of the throats as they all looked uneasily at each
other, there were several suggestions of how to amend things since they
were just starting out which would allow Shelton to have full
membership. But Shelton diplayed a full ration of strong character that
evening and insisted "No, you have a good point of beginning there and
you should stick to it".
Bosley was immediately voted in as the first full Honorary Member of the
Maryland State Police Alumni Association.
Forty years has passed since that evening and
our membership has grown to nearly 1100 as of our 40th anniversary in
2000. Apparently, our founders had a good idea. It was not difficult to
raise the first 100 members. They wrote letters to every person they
could dig out of the barrack histories where each of them had served
and, of course, everybody knew ol' so-and-so and either dug him up
personally or had a letter written to him. With that as a basis and the
passage of time, you know the rest of the story. And by moving around
the State for our different meetings we quickly picked up members from
all corners of Maryland.
is a fleeting thing. For years and years the author has steadfastly
disputed whether or not Dale Weems was at that meeting. He vehemently
insisted every time that he and the author got together that he had been
there. The author, just as vehemently, insisted that he didn't think so.
Dale, wherever you are, he apologizes.
One further observation. This organization
was started by twelve men who didn't retire from the Maryland State
Police. They all left voluntarily for their own personal reasons which
were probably economic. But all remembered their time on the job. And
the memories were strong enough to get them together to see if anybody
else might be interested in sticking together. Look around the room at
the next meeting and you decide.
NOTE: This article was written by Harvey
Casbarian, one of the founding members.
NOTE: In 1960, the Maryland State Police was
a fairly young outfit, having been in existence less than 30 years.
Therefore, there were few retirees to be found during the formative
years and the MSPAA was composed almost exclusively of "former members"
of the MSP. Today with many more retirees, the MSPAA's roster is
composed of many retirees.
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