Mississippi Highway Patrol celebrates 75 years

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — The Mississippi Highway Patrol has celebrated its 75th anniversary with an event that reflected on the agency’s contribution to the state and the sacrifices of troopers and their families.

Gov. Phil Bryant and other state and local officials joined dozens of current and retired troopers for the event Friday at the Department of Public Safety headquarters in Jackson.

Patrol chief Col. Donnell Berry says the agency was created in 1938 to battle bootlegging in what was known as the Gold Coast in Rankin County.

Since then, 32 troopers have given their lives in the line of duty as the agency’s role evolved.

A display included a 1946 Harley Davidson motorcycle, a video of retired troopers recalling highlights of their careers and patrol cars from the early years of the agency.

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