Troopers celebrate 50 years of Troop E

More than 1,000 people swarmed the grounds of State Police Troop E Saturday afternoon.

They watched as helicopters twisted and turned, underwater recovery divers plunged, Special Operations Response Team (SORT) members rappelled from the sky, and police dogs ferreted out “explosives” and followed the scent of a “missing person.”

An open house marked the 100th anniversary of the State Police and the 50th year of Troop E, said Maj. Rick Allen, Troop E commander.

“We’re inviting the public in to see the tradition, the memorabilia from when we first were formed in 1917, how many things have stayed the same and how technology has changed,” said Allen.

And how well troopers do their job, Allen added.

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