Mississippi Highway Patrol

On April 1, 1938, the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol was created. From 3,300 applicants, 633 were selected for testing, and 97 were selected as class recruits. Upon graduation, 53 were selected for patrol, and 13 were placed as reserves.

35 Harley Davidson motorcycles and 20 patrol cars were ready for their use in patrolling the Magnolia State's roadways. Today, the Mississippi Highway Patrol is comprised of 581 sworn officers.

The MHP is charged with the responsibility of enforcing traffic laws on state and federal highways. The MHP has three patrol regions (North, Central and South) with three District Offices each.

Mississippi's state troopers must be prepared to assist local law enforcement agencies and to respond to statewide emergencies at the request of the governor.

The officers of the patrol exemplify the agency's motto of Courtesy, Service and Safety.

Mississippi State Flag

The committee to design a State Flag was appointed
by legislative action February 7, 1894, and provided that
the flag reported by the committee should become
the official flag. The committee recommended for the flag
"one with width two-thirds of its length; with the union square,
in width two-thirds of the width of the flag; the ground of
the union to be red and a broad blue saltier thereon, bordered
with white and emblazoned with thirteen (13) mullets
or five-pointed stars, corresponding with the number of
the original States of the Union; the field to be divided into three bars of
equal width, the upper one blue, the center one white,
and the lower one extending the whole length of the flag.

1948 issue- Embossed Steel

Picture courtesy of
Captain Art Richardson (Retired)
Mississippi Highway Patrol

Picture courtesy of
Captain Art Richardson (Retired)
Mississippi Highway Patrol

1949 issue- Embossed Steel

Picture courtesy of
Captain Art Richardson (Retired)
Mississippi Highway Patrol

Picture courtesy of
Captain Art Richardson (Retired)
Mississippi Highway Patrol

1951 issue- Embossed Steel
Picture courtesy of
Captain Art Richardson (Retired)
Mississippi Highway Patrol

Picture courtesy of
Captain Art Richardson (Retired)
Mississippi Highway Patrol

Circa mid 1950's light over dark with MHP prefix
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1958 issue- Embossed Steel
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1964 issue- Embossed steel
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1966 issue- Issued to MHP Major

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1967 issue- Embossed steel
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1969 issue- This plate was issued to Trooper Charles "Tag" Williams who patrolled out of Houston MS. "Tag" was a massive man, and the MHP's expert competition marksman at the time, and he was issued the 357 plates in honor of his proficiency with the .357 magnum revolver! This plate was fastened to the back of his 1969 Ford LTD 429 as he chased moonshiners and other scofflaws throughout Chickasaw County, from what his son told me when I got the plate.
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"Tag" is seen here in this MHP file photo

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1970 issue-This plate was issued to Trooper Charles "Tag" Williams who patrolled out of Houston MS. "Tag" was a massive man, and the MHP's expert competition marksman at the time, and he was issued the 357 plates in honor of his proficiency with the .357 magnum revolver! This plate was fastened to the back of his 1969 Ford LTD 429 as he chased moonshiners and other scofflaws throughout Chickasaw County, from what his son told me when I got the plate.
This is the stuff that makes this hobby so great!
"Tag" is seen here in this MHP file photo

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1971 issue- Embossed steel
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1973 issue- Embossed steel- Issued to Major
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1974 issue- This plate looks like it scraped the pavement along the bottom. I'd love to know the story behind it!

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1975 issue- Embossed steel. Assigned to Trooper Grist
out of Troop E (Batesville)
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1976 issue- Embossed steel. Assigned to Trooper Collins
out of Troop E (Batesville)

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Captain Art Richardson (Retired)
Mississippi Highway Patrol

1977-1981 issue- Embossed galvanized steel. Has "77" debossed under year decals. Assigned to Trooper Grist
out of Troop E (Batesville)
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Circa 1982-1986 issue- Embossed galvanized steel.
Lt. Colonel's plate
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Circa 1982-1986 issue- Error plate ("State" missing)
Plate courtesy of the Robert Ward Collection
 

1987-1992 issue- Colonel of the MHP- Although the "sagging scroll S's" of the state name were first used on this layout of Mississippi license plate as early as 1982, the MONTH YEAR titles in the upper sticker navels only began appearing in 1987. This particular plate has 1991 holograms running vertically down the center sheeting of the plate.

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1987-1992 issue- Colonel of the MHP
Closer dies than the specimen above.

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1992-1997 issue- G= Starkville Troop Car 1
(Troop Commander)


Picture courtesy of Jay Weinstein


1992-1997 issue- Front plate (used well into 2000)

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1997-2002 issue- C= Jackson Troop car 28
(Plate use stretched into 2003 for some)

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1997 issue front plate for Headquarters in Jackson

Courtesy of the Bob Bruce Collection
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2003-Current issue
Picture courtesy of Bill Ceravola


2008 issue.
All-flat silkscreened. Lighthouse base

 

2008 issue.
All-flat silkscreened. Lighthouse base
"ENFORCMENT" across the bottom

Picture courtesy of
Barrett Wilkinson and Dave Stratton

Picture courtesy of
Barrett Wilkinson and Dave Stratton

2008 issue.
All-flat silkscreened. Lighthouse base
"ENFORCMENT" across the bottom
,
Commercial Vehicle Inspectors
Picture courtesy of Barrett Wilkinson

1949 issue cycle plate
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2003-2008 issue cycle plate
(picture courtesy of the
Miss. DMV web site)

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Current issue cycle plate
Flat, screened cycle plate. Type used by the MHP
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Picture courtesy of Bill Ceravola

50th Anniversary issue front plate. Flat screened vinyl/plastic.

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Current Issue Front Plate

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Mississippi State Troopers Association
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National Troopers Coalition Plate

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2004-Current Mississippi Retired State Trooper issue.
County 61= county code

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Mississippi State Troopers Association
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