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Hats Give a Nod to 100th Anniversary


The Michigan State Police are wearing flat brimmed campaign hats for 2017 as part of the uniforms during the celebration of its 100th anniversary. Here (from left) First Lieutenant Natalie King, Sergeant Craig Dorenbecker, Trooper Jay Hills, and Trooper Drew Griebel of the St. Ignace post show off their new headgear Wednesday, January 4. The different colors of decorative braids atop the hats indicating rank are all visible here; commanders wear gold, sergeants wear silver, and troopers have black ones. Officers across the state will wear the hats this year. The Michigan State Police previously wore hats like this during the 1920s. The Michigan State Police are wearing flat brimmed campaign hats for 2017 as part of the uniforms during the celebration of its 100th anniversary. Here (from left) First Lieutenant Natalie King, Sergeant Craig Dorenbecker, Trooper Jay Hills, and Trooper Drew Griebel of the St. Ignace post show off their new headgear Wednesday, January 4. The different colors of decorative braids atop the hats indicating rank are all visible here; commanders wear gold, sergeants wear silver, and troopers have black ones. Officers across the state will wear the hats this year. The Michigan State Police previously wore hats like this during the 1920s. The Michigan State Police has revived its use of the iconic flatbrimmed campaign hat for 2017 to celebrate the service’s 100th anniversary.

At the St. Ignace post, the new hats went into service Thursday, December 22, and will remain in use throughout the year.

First Lieutenant Natalie King, the St. Ignace post commander, said the new hats would give Michigan State Police a unique look among local law enforcement this year. The hats are made of straw and feature a stiff, flat brim that is ideal for keeping the rain or sun out of a trooper’s eyes. They are also individually fitted to be more comfortable. The hats are adorned with braids colored to indicate rank. Troopers receive black braids, sergeants have been assigned silver ones, and those in command positions will wear gold.

The throwback hats replace the garrison hats wore by Michigan State Police in recent years. Campaign hats were previously worn by troopers during the organization’s early years of service in the 1920s.

The police voted to wear the commemorative hats this year, and will vote again at the end of 2017 to determine if the campaign hats will become a permanent part of their uniforms again.

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