He he, yeah, I know. :)
State Police generally are held to a higher standard than local police are. There are usually three levels. State, county, and town or city police.
State Police are usually a very big agency. They are watched more, have more rules, and tend to have more responsibility. They may protect the Governor, President if he arrives, and so on. So, think of it like a business. The larger ones usually have a better image than the smaller ones.
The county and city/town are more hidden. They usually are not as strict on hiring or on keeping the rules. In fact, due to pay, they may take whatever they can get, which applies to officers too. Low pay, low grade employees. The State may hire college level but the town may be forced to hire high school types. And, in more cases than not, they hire by word of mouth. If you're uncle is a cop, you stand a chance of being hired, as he will vouch for you, AND stand for you so that you 'play ball.' If you mess up, he looks bad, so he takes it out on you, and corrects you. It's a family thing. And, this leads to racism, sexism, homophobia, murder, rape, and so on. All this, with the odds of being unnoticed, and you have a potential for some real scum to wear the badge. As this goes on, and the town becomes a city, you get a full size scumbag force, which we often see in the inner cities. In effect, they become gangs, just like the street gangs, which is why we have wars being fought in the city.
However, while most citizens think more of the State police, other officers do not. Trust me, I know. Most of the low level cops I know think the State police are too strict, stuck up, by the book, or whatever, and look down on them. Yes, the State does tend to look down on the county and local, but only because they tend to be more loose in how they do things. They may let one guy go, since they drink with him, and fry another that they don't know. The State Police usually do not do this. They bust everyone the same, including most cops. This is a BIG no-no in the town and county areas. And, too, the state has money that the town doesn't. Upper class v lower class, in the police family. :)
For you, the State are unknown types and you probably assume they are strict. The locals, you see as other people, like yourself. I did this too. But, as I grew up (nothing on you), I followed the book more and more (military, paramilitary, laws, medicine, etc). So, I found I fit in more with the State level than the locals. And, they saw this too. Eventually, as I studied for my degree in police science, we found ourselves on different sides. The locals tend to break the laws, as I heard state cops say, but there are good ones out there. And, like them, I see the State as too strict in some cases. How? Well, sometimes the law doesn't need to be followed, when compassion will do more. This is police judgment, something that is going out of style. If you ever cross the local police, they may turn you into a public enemy, even if you don't do anything major. It just happens.
Most people either are scared of, or hate, the police. Those who don't, are either extremely naive, or work with them. The more 'protection' you have from bad cops, the less you fear them, or hate them. In my area, I have no use for them. But, outside of my area, they are just men, like me, and we get along fine. One day, I hope to see it where a person can go to a cop for help, and GET help, not hassles. But, even I may not live that long.