I am curious about the history and reputation of various state police organizations. It turns out to be a complex topic! I had no idea that it took until the 1960s to establish all the state police forces (not counting the very special case of the Texas Rangers, the first was in Pa. in 1905-intended as a publicly funded strike breaking force of all things). So much for history.
My question is the current reputation of state police forces in the US.
Which forces are well regarded by the public and which forces are well regarded by their peers? I assume that there are two possible answers here.
I know in Louisiana the reputation of the state police has fallen to the point where the ethics and honesty of the force is being publicly questioned by the head of the state police. What about other states?