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Since the beginning of the New York State Police in 1917, the duties of New York State Troopers have changed with the times. Horses have been replaced with patrol vehicles, aircraft and boats. Uniforms and equipment have been updated. While these and many other aspects of the job of a New York State Trooper have changed, our members' professionalism and dedication to serving and protecting the public has only strengthened with each passing year.

Today, Troopers serve and protect the residents of New York state in a wide variety of ways. After successfully completing a rigorous six months of academic and physical training at the New York State Police Academy followed by extensive training on patrol with experienced Troopers, many of our members choose to undertake further instruction for specialized units. Specialty jobs include those of K-9 handler, scuba diver, or a member of the Mobile Response Team (similar to a SWAT team), bomb disposal unit, or the commercial vehicle enforcement unit. In addition, teams of Troopers who specialize in gun and drug interdiction and criminal investigation are being asked by municipalities across the state to assist local police departments in combating crime waves.

Troopers who focus on patrol duties are the backbone of protection for the state's residents. Our members respond at a moment's notice to all types of criminal incidents - homicides, robberies, and burglaries, just to name a few - while simultaneously promoting traffic safety. Whether Troopers are on alert for a drunken driver menacing the highway or helping a grandmother whose car has broken down, they complete their duties with care, compassion, professionalism and integrity.

Following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Troopers' duties changed even more drastically. Our members' involvement in homeland security continues today as they help safeguard the Canadian border, ensure protection of the Capitol and other government buildings, work to collect, interpret and disseminate intelligence at the Upstate NY Regional Intelligence Center, and remain on the lookout during their patrol duties for suspicious activity.

While many things have changed during the more than 90 years since the New York State Police was formed, the goal of its members has remained the same: to provide the best police service to the citizens of New York state.

Troopers Greg Franchini, Jack Clancy and Scott Gunsel check on the driver of a vehicle involved in a crash.
Troopers Greg Franchini, Jack Clancy and Scott Gunsel check on the driver of a vehicle involved in a crash. Troopers are often the first public safety workers at the scene of accidents.
PBA members who serve on the SCUBA detail have been involved in numerous high-profile rescues and recoveries, including the TWA Flight 800 crash off Long Island, the Stellamare that overturned at the Port of Albany, and the Thruway bridge collapse in Montgomery County.
Trooper Joshua Baker, along with other members of the New York State Police and Connecticut State Police dive teams, searched Andover Lake in Connecticut looking for projectiles from a gun used in a homicide. PBA members who serve on the SCUBA detail have been involved in numerous high-profile rescues and recoveries, including the TWA Flight 800 crash off Long Island, the Stellamare that overturned at the Port of Albany, and the Thruway bridge collapse in Montgomery County.
Trooper Matthew Johnstone and K-9 JT are shown with a large amount of marijuana seized during an arrest.
Trooper Matthew Johnstone and K-9 JT are shown with a large amount of marijuana seized during an arrest. Troopers and their K-9 partners must undergo 18 weeks of training before earning certification. K-9 teams search for drugs, bombs, missing and lost individuals, and are favorite guests at community events.
Trooper Tom Huffman is instructed by Trooper Erich Koenig at the firearms range.
Trooper Tom Huffman is instructed by Trooper Erich Koenig at the firearms range. After graduating from the New York State Police Academy, Troopers continue to undergo routine training for the use of firearms.