New York State Police

NY State Police

Headquarters: 1220 Washington Ave, Bldg 22
Albany, NY 12226
Employees: 5,400
Superintendent: Kevin Bruen

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The NY State Police provides essential police services to the public statewide. The NY State Police celebrated its centennial in 2017.

Through its Uniformed Force and Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), it:

* maintains regular patrols;
* assists motorists and other members of the public;
* conducts criminal and noncriminal investigations, and
* provides emergency and disaster services.

Troopers also ensure that New York's highways are safe and that traffic flows smoothly, by employing:

* saturation patrols for speed and DWI enforcement;
* sobriety checkpoints;
* dedicated interstate highway patrols;
* hazardous materials experts;
* aerial patrols, and
* specialists in vehicle weight and dimension regulations.

The NYS Police is organized into specific Troops, which are responsible for covering certain counties and areas of the state:

NYS Troop Information
Troop Phone Counties in Patrol Area
A 585-344-6200 Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, Wyoming
B 518-897-2000 Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, St. Lawrence
C 607-561-7400 Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Tioga, Tompkins
D 315-366-6000 Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego
E 585-398-4100 Cayuga, Chemung, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Yates
F 845-344-5300 Greene, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster
G 518-783-3211 Albany, Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, Washington
K 845-677-7300 Columbia, Dutchess, Putnam, Westchester
L 631-756-3300 Nassau and Suffolk
NYC 917-492-7100 New York City
T 518-436-2825 New York State Thruway

According to State Police, there are about 4,500 sworn members of the State Police and 900 civilian employees. Employment has dropped by several hundred over the past three years due to state budget cuts.

The New York State Police has developed several specialized details throughout the state. They include:

* NYSP Aviation Unit
* Bomb Disposal Unit
* Canine Unit
* Marine Detail
* Bicycle Patrols
* Snowmobile Patrols
* Special Operations Response Team
* Motorcycle Unit
* Scuba Unit

In order to apply as a trooper, you must be between age 21-30 (36 with military service). You must have a high school diploma and good moral character. Felony conviction is automatic disqualification. At time of appointment, you must have 60 college credits or 30 credits with military service or passing of a certified police training course.

The State Police Training Academy is located in Albany.

Kevin Bruen became the 17th Superintendent of the New York State Police on June 7, 2021


In 1913, a construction foreman named Sam Howell was murdered during a payroll robbery in Westchester County. Because Westchester County was a very rural area then, there was no local police department and Mr. Howell's murderers escaped, even though he identified them before he died.

This vicious crime spurred Mr. Howell's employer, Moyca Newell, and her friend, Katherine Mayo, to initiate a movement to form a State Police department to provide police protection to rural areas.

The Wells-Mills Bill, which appropriated $500,000 to establish a Department of State Police, was passed by one vote in the Senate on March 20, 1917. It had an easier time in the Assembly, where it was passed by a vote of 81 to 60. On April 11, 1917, Governor Whitman signed the Bill into law under Chapter 161 of the Laws of 1917. The basic role of the State Police as established in the original law is essentially unchanged to this day:

"It shall be the duty of the State Police to prevent and detect crime and apprehend criminals. They shall also be subject to the call of the Governor and empowered to cooperate with any other department of the State or with local authorities."

The State Legislature established the New York State Police as a full service police agency on April 11, 1917. George Fletcher Chandler was the first Superintendent.

Since the first 237 men rode out of their training camp on horseback to begin patrolling rural areas, troopers have been there to fulfill the law enforcement needs of the people of New York State with the highest degree of fairness, professionalism and integrity.


* 120 hours of vacation annually, up to a maximum of 224 hours, depending on length of service.
* 96 hours annually paid holiday time.
* 24 to 40 paid personal leave hours based on length of service.
* Paid sick leave accumulating at the rate of 104 hours per year.
* Excellent health, dental, and optical insurance coverage.
* All uniforms and equipment are provided, including dry cleaning services for uniforms.
* Excellent Retirement benefits

Starting Salary for Troopers

Effective April 1, 2021

* $58,443 - Starting salary (during Academy training and first year)
* $82,677 - After one year
* $98,315 - After five years

Salaries do not include: Longevity compensation; hazardous duty compensation; expanded duty pay or additional location compensation for New York City and the following counties: Dutchess, Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester.


There are numerous promotional opportunities from Sergeant to Superintendent through competitive and appointive processes for both the Uniformed Force and Bureau of Criminal Investigation. A few examples are provided below:

  • You may apply to be appointed as an Investigator in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation after 4 years of service or after 2 years of service with a Bachelor's Degree. Base Salary: $104,040

  • You may compete in the promotional process for the supervisory rank of Sergeant after 4 years. Base Salary: $115,844

  • You may compete in the promotional process for the middle management rank of Lieutenant after serving 2 years as a Sergeant. Base Salary: $138,487

Salaries listed above for Investigator, Sergeant and Lieutenant do not include: Longevity compensation; hazardous duty compensation; command pay; expanded duty pay; maintenance pay, holiday pay; expertise pay; overtime; or additional location compensation for New York City and the following counties: Dutchess, Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester.