Salute our state troopers
Rep. Ron Grantland, Guest columnist
How often in Alabama's history has our state been recognized for being on the cutting edge of public policy? Probably more times than we realize, but in 1935 we set a new standard for public safety that rapidly spread across the country.
On Dec. 5, 1935, Governor Bibb Graves acted on a re-election campaign pledge to institute a statewide law enforcement agency and created the Alabama Highway Patrol. Seventy-four officers reported for duty early in 1936, most on motorcycle, to patrol Alabama