NEGAUNEE — A widely recognized law enforcement agency is celebrating its 99th anniversary next week.

Governor Rick Snyder declared next week Michigan State Police History week to recognize the organization’s ninety–nine years of service.

The state police started as a temporary service with 300 men during World War one to protect the ores in the U.P. In just under a century, it has grown to include over 1,000 men and women.

Members are using the history week to inform the public about it’s roots and goals.

“We’re there to help people as far as whether they get a flat tire on the road to a house where somebody is having a bad day to help them get the services they need so they can be helped,” said Michigan State Police Trooper Stacey Rasanen. “I’ve been out on different cases where people get lost and we’re able to find them and we’re able to return them to their loved ones and I’ll never forget those experiences.”

The Michigan State Police is responsible for several tasks such as conducting investigations on criminal matters and answering service calls throughout the area.

Posts around the state will be holding open houses in the summer time in an attempt to educate the public. For more information, click here.