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.
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.
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