The New York State Police
) 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 an early advocate of officers carrying their weapons
exposed on a belt, which was not common practice at the time. They are responsible for protecting the Governor of New York
and the Lieutenant Governor of New York
The current superintendent of the New York State Police is Joseph D'Amico who is replacing John Melville, who was acting superintendent replacing Harry J. Corbitt. Corbitt, who was nominated by former New York State Governor David Paterson
, replaced acting superintendent Preston Felton. Felton had replaced the retired Wayne E. Bennett. Corbitt announced his resignation on March 2, 2010, amid controversy. The interim Superintendent has also stepped down citing unease among labor unions. Two superintendents stepped down from the state police in 6 days.
Structure and organization
The NYSP divides... Read More