Nation’s oldest state police finally has fitting home for its history in Grafton

Print More

GRAFTON — The history of America’s oldest state police force finally has a proper headquarters.

In an unassuming brick barracks in Grafton, Charlie Alejandro is slowly transforming the State Police Museum’s first wave of priceless criminal-thwarting knickknacks from a haphazard labor of love into a solidly-run nonprofit.

Do not form the wrong mental picture as you read “Charlie!” Far from the jut-jawed, crew-cut he-man trooper of stereotype, Alejandro’s a small but powerfully built woman who won Mrs. Petite America Massachusetts 2011.

Charlie Alejandro, museum director at the Massachusetts State Police Museum and Learning Center in Grafton.

Antonio Caban / State House News Service

Charlie Alejandro, museum director at the Massachusetts State Police Museum and Learning Center in Grafton.

Having proved herself up to assignments like the Major Crimes Unit and serving undercover in Revere — and terrifyingly, as a road tester, facing the very real peril of finding out whether random 16-year-olds can drive without killing themselves and her — Alejandro definitely comes across as someone who can whip the outpouring of officers’ attics and photo boxes and document files into a coherent collection.


Log in or subscribe to read the entire story. Only $2. No recurring charges.

Comments are closed.