Nebraska State Patrol

On February 3, 1937, the Nebraska State Patrol came into being after many years of discussion and debate as to the need for such a state law enforcement agency.

The name at the time however, was the Nebraska Safety Patrol which fell into the portfolio of the Division of Highway Safety under the direction of the Department of Roads and Irrigation.

The first recruit graduation class for the NSP took place on November 22, 1937, with 44 men who had proven themselves worthy of their office out of 3500 applicants. The goal of the day was simple and straightforward: reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents and help preserve life.

Nebraska State Troopers were then, and still are today, sworn state deputy sheriffs and are authorized to perform police services in all of Nebraska's 93 counties.

State Patrol Headquarters are located in Lincoln, the capital city. By 1954, aircraft and radar were added to the arsenal of tools needed to help address matters of traffic safety in the Cornhusker State.

In 1967, the Nebraska Safety Patrol became the Nebraska State Patrol. The Nebraska State Patrol is comprised of 6 troops including state headquarters in Lincoln.

Nebraska State Flag

A banner for the State of Nebraska shall consist of a reproduction
of the great seal of the state, charged on the center in gold and
silver on a field of national blue.

 

1945 Issue
State Car plate with Capitol building on left
followed by the number over State Car,
white over black base.
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1946 Issue
State Car plate with Capitol building on left
followed by the number over State Car

Plate courtesy of Wayne Griel Collection

Picture courtesy of the Nebraska State Patrol
 


1954-1956 deep yellow/black;
Capitol bldg, then #
over "STATE CAR"
Plate courtesy of Wayne Griel Collection


Photo Courtesy of Monty McCord

1956 deep yellow/black;
00 prefix, then Capitol bldg, then trooper #
some serials with "T" prefix may be truck

Photo Courtesy of Monty McCord
 

1960-66 issue - colors uncertain
"STATE CAR" bottom; "NEBRASKA" top; numeric serial

Photo Courtesy of Monty McCord
 
 

1966- Late 1970's issue- This style of plate was used on state
and local government vehicles including the Nebraska State
Patrol during this time frame. However, NSP vehicles usually
had low numbers up to # 500 reserved for the most part on
this base. Most photographs of NSP patrol cars from this era
show plates numbered as low as 49 right up to 488.

Despite this information, this particular plate was a
confirmed-use plate on a marked NSP patrol car that
was miled-out in 1981.


Photo Courtesy of Monty McCord

 

Late 80's State GOVT plate. Blue on white, Nebraska
over Number over State Govt.
This style of plate was used on state and local government
vehicles including the Nebraska State Patrol and their
Carrier Enforcment Division.
Picture courtesy of Robert Ward
 
 

1978-1987 issue- 182 is the patrol car number, radio call number and troopers badge number.
Embossed painted border.

Photo Courtesy of Monty McCord
 


Circa 1978-1987 graphic base plate but using later dies
which were taller and more squared (which were introduced
in 1984). Cast metal frame commemorating the NSP's 50th
Anniversary which were used briefly before the actual 50th
Anniversary graphic NSP plates were issued

Photo Courtesy of Monty McCord
 

1987-1996 issue- 50th Anniversary of NSP- 36 is the patrol car number, radio call number and troopers badge number.
Step border.

 

1997-circa 2007- 60th Anniversary of NSP- 31 became a retired number that once belonged to Colonel Carl J. Sanders, who retired as the NSP Superintendent in 1963. Step border.

Picture courtesy of Jay Weinstein
 

1997-circa 2007- Number indicates
Motor Carrier Enforcement
and also
used by State Capitol Security Division
.
Courtesy of the Bob Bruce Collection
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Circa 2007-2012. All-flat-screened with "Pro Bono
Publico" (For the Good of the Public) inscribed below emblem.
Significance of the characters in the upper right corner of the
plate has not yet been determined but likely a code used
by the issuing authorities.

Courtesy of Monty McCord
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2013-current issue.
Use of NSP emblem in lieu of the 75th Anniversary motif.
(Courtesy of Neil Bartfeld)

 

 

 

 

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2012-2013 75th Anniversary Plate

 

2012-2013 75th Anniversary ERROR plate-
Used the title STATE PATROL instead of STATE TROOPER.
These plates were never put in service and it is unknown how many were made with this wrong title.
(Courtesy Neil Bartfeld)

 

Recent prototype using Arizona dies