The Michigan Department of State Police (MDSP) was created
in 1935. Its purpose is to provide 24-hour statewide quality police service for
the safety and the protection of people and property in the state of Michigan.
Its primary responsibilities are to "reduce the opportunities for crime, to
reduce traffic accidents through diligent and fair enforcement of the laws of
this state, and to act as a first responder to any citizens needs that can be
addressed through the resources of the criminal justice system." Citizens highly
value these services, but like all large government agencies, the MDSP operates
a number of programs that are unnecessary. Major savings could be realized by
devolving certain functions to lower levels of government. These recommendations
are offered below.