New Hampshire State Police

On May 1, 1915, the New Hampshire Legislature passed legislation entitled: "An Act Creating the Office of Commissioner of Motor Vehicles." This legislation helped create the uniformed Motor Vehicle Highway Patrolmen. These individuals enforced traffic laws at this time, and were the forerunners to the modern day State Trooper.

In 1931, a State Police Commission appointed by Governor Tobey and the Governorīs Council, presented a report to the legislature noting plainly recommended, ". . . that the present Legislature provide for the establishment of a State Force with full police powers, charged with the enforcement of all criminal laws." The Commission went on to recommend that the new agency be a ". . . separate and independent department . . ." which would encompass as many existing enforcement agencies as possible and be directed by a Superintendent appointed by the Governor and Governorīs Council.

The State Police Commission also suggested that the consolidation include the twenty-two uniformed Motor Vehicle Department motorcycle officers employed at the time, the three inspectors of the Department of Weights and Measures, and the powers of the [State] Law Enforcement Department (which dealt with liquor laws). It was further suggested that the need for criminal investigators become a reality. Up to that point in time, most State (and County) criminal investigations were performed by private detective agencies. Therefore, the Commission recommended, ". . . that the Superintendent of the State Police be authorized . . . to create a State Detective Bureau, which shall maintain facilities for the detection of crime in the State."

On February 2, 1937, Mr. F. P. Wadleigh, a legislator from Milford, introduced Bill No. 254 to the New Hampshire House of Representatives. This piece of legislation was part of the natural evolution of a process begun approximately sixty-eight years before. The Bill was entitled, "An Act Creating A Department of State Police. On June 29, 1937 the New Hampshire State Police was finally created.

Thus, the Department of State Police became a Division of State Police within the newly created Department of Safety. The final effective date for the reorganization was July 1, 1962. Today, the men and women of the NHSP serve in 6 Troops located throughout the state, and as their motto states, are dedicated to providing the highest degree of law enforcement service throughout the State of New Hampshire while maintaining the traditions of fairness, professionalism and integrity.

 

New Hampshire State Flag

The state flag shall be of the following color and design:
The body or field shall be blue and shall bear upon its center
in suitable proportion and colors a representation of the state seal.
The seal shall be surrounded by a wreath of laurel
leaves with nine stars interspersed.


Pre-1937 New Hampshire Highway Department
Patrolman plate. Approx. 6 1/2"x 14" Flat painted steel.
Predecessor to the New Hampshire State Police
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New Hampshire Highway Department
Patrolman plate. Approx. 6 1/2"x 14" Embossed steel.
Predecessor to the New Hampshire State Police

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Late 1930's - early 1940's issue
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c.1956-1961 issue- Made from cut-down unused NHSP license plate leftovers of previous issue to comply with new 1956 6" x 12"license plate dimensions standards. Lettering from older issue can be seen beneath the surface.
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Circa 1961 issue.
6" x 12" embossed aluminum with eight mounting holes.
Number is large die. Issued to Deputy Director of NHSP.
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1962 issue- It is believed that these plates were mistakes as the white painted side is on the reverse, but they kept these "shiny" versions on NHSP cars until 1963 when they decided that white was a better background color.
Squat number dies on this issue.
Plate courtesy of the Robert Ward Collection

Painted background version
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1963-1977 version.
Small number dies similar to 1962 version
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1963-1977 issue- 100 Series= Epping Troop HQ-
Large square dies. Dull sheeting.

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1977-1980 issue- 400 Series= Concord Troop HQ- Brighter sheeting- E of "STATE" directly under "OF" from top line.
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1980-Late 1995 issue.
Assignment number under 100 indicates Headquarters
vehicle. NEW HAMPSHIRE title line positioned between
both circular bolt-holes. Lighter shade of green used.


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Late 1995-1996 crossover issue.
Similar in material, format and color as previous issue however with longer "oval" bolt-holes.
Courtesy of Bill Ceravola
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Late 1995-1996 crossover issue, #1, autographed by George W. Bush Sr.
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1996-1997 issue- 400 Series=Concord Troop HQ- STATE POLICE and number embossed low. Upper and lower legends silkscreened. Has state-shaped holograms with "96" running vertically down the center of the sheeting. Painted step border.
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Major Crime Unit

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1997-Current issue. 100 Series = Epping Troop HQ- state slogan added. Some issues still have the 1996 holograms running vertically down the center of the sheeting.
Unpainted step border.

2001 Combined Accident Reduction Effort conference
souvenir motorcycle plate.

Motorcycle gang conference
souvenir motorcycle plate.

Courtesy of Tom Breen
 

Motorcycle plate-1936
Standard issue used

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Motorcycle plate - Current Issue


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