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New York State Police Abbreviation NYSP Operations jurisdiction* State of New York, United States

NYSP Troops Size Population Legal jurisdiction General nature 54,556 sq. mi. 19.4 Million New York • Law enforcement • Civilian police

Operational Structure Headquarters Troopers Civilians Agency executive Patch of the New York State Police. Facilities Troops Website Official Site Logo of the New York State Police. Footnotes
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

Albany, New York 4,667 (as of 2004) [1] 905 (as of 2004) [1] Harry J. Corbitt, Superintendent


Badge of the New York State Police. Motto Agency Overview Formed Employees Annual Budget Legal personality April 11, 1917 5,572 (as of 2004) [1] $668,000,000.00 Governmental: Government agency Obedience to Law is Liberty

The New York State Police (NYSP) is the state police force of 4,600 sworn Troopers for the state of New York. It was established on April 11, 1917 by the New York Legislature, in response to the 1913 murder of a construction foreman named Sam Howell in Westchester County, which at that time did not have a local police department.

The department’s first superintendent was George Fletcher Chandler, who was responsible for much of the department’s early organization and development. Chandler coined the term "New York State Troopers" and was

Jurisdictional Structure


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an early advocate of officers carrying their weapons exposed on a belt, which was not common practice at the time. [2]

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Each Troop encompasses 2-4 "Zones" which are referred to simply by a Zone number. There are up to several "sub-stations" located within each zone. A patrol car number will contain the Troop and Zone identification. Example: car 1A30 would be a patrol car in Zone 1 of Troop A.

Present time
The current superintendent of the New York State Police is Harry J. Corbitt. Corbitt, who was nominated by current New York State Governor David Paterson, replaced acting superintendent Preston Felton. Felton had replaced the retired Wayne E. Bennett.

• • • • • Male: 92% Female: 8% White: 83% African-American/Black: 10% Hispanic: 7%

Structure and organization
The NYSP divides New York state geographically into ten "Troops", each comprising several counties. An additional (Troop T) has the responsibility of patroling the entire length of the New York State Thruway. Another, Troop "NYC" provides investigative support in New York City. Each is supervised by a "Troop Commander" usually of the rank of Major.

• New Trooper (since approximately 1958) uniforms are grey and wool. The Gore-tex jacket is the only issued apparel item that is not wool. The old uniforms (shirts, jackets and britches) were not grey, but made of equal parts white fiber and black fiber to symbolize the impartiality of justice. Uniforms are also treated like a U.S. Flag, in that they are burned when no longer serviceable. The black stripe down the trouser of a Trooper is worn in remembrance of fallen comrades. The purple color of their ties and hat bands represents an elite and are similar to those worn by the elite Praetorian Guard.[5] Chevrons are black on a gray background and are worn on the upper sleeves of both the shirt and the jacket. Rank insignia for Technical Lieutenant through Superintendent are worn on the collars of the shirt and the shoulders of the jacket.

Troops of the New York State Police

• - Counties: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans & Wyoming • - Counties: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton and St. Lawrence • - Counties: Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Tioga and Tompkins • - Counties: Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga and Oswego • - Counties: Cayuga, Chemung, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates • - Counties: Greene, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster • - Counties: Albany, Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington • - Headquarters Troop (Albany) and Legislative Branch Offices • - Counties: Columbia, Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester • - Counties: Nassau and Suffolk • - Counties: Boroughs of New York City • - New York State Thruway and the Erie Canal System

Recruits must complete a twenty-six week training academy prior to being confirmed as a Trooper. The residential school is located at the NYSP Academy in Albany, New York. Recruits must then complete 10 weeks post academy field training with a trained field training officer (FTO) holding the rank of trooper prior to permanent troop assignment.

Service pistols
Officers of the New York State Police are issued the Glock 37 as the service pistol. The


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Title Superintendent First Deputy Superintendent Deputy Superintendent/Colonel Assistant Deputy Superintendent/Lieutenant Colonel Staff Inspector (plainclothes) Major Captain Lieutenant Technical Lieutenant Chief Technical Sergeant

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Staff Sergeant

First Sergeant

Senior Investigator (plainclothes) Zone Sergeant

Sergeant Station Commander

Technical Sergeant


Investigator Trooper New York State Police previously used the Glock 17 from 1989 to 2007. [6] The Glock 37 was chosen after the shooting death of Trooper Andrew Sperr in Chemung County on March 1, 2006. [7]

The State Police’s vehicle fleet is made up of Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors, Dodge Chargers, Chevrolet Tahoes,


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Chevrolet Camaros, Ford Expeditions, and Harley Davidson motorcycles.[8]

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[4] Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics, 2000: Data for Individual State and Local Agencies with 100 or More Officers [5] NYSP Uniform [6] New York State Police to Purchase New Glock Pistol [7] [8] NYSP Vehicles

See also
• List of law enforcement agencies in New York • State police • State patrol • Highway patrol • New York State Police Troop C scandal

External links
• • • • New York State Police Website In depth NYSP History NYSP Recruitment Center Website Union representing Troopers and Supervisors • Union representing Investigators

[1] ^ USDOJ Statistics [2] NYSP site Introduction/History/1917-1929/ [3] NYSP site Contact_Us/Troop_Information/

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