The New York State Police has a long and proud history of serving the citizens of New York since 1917. Our mission, to serve, protect and defend the people of New York, while preserving the rights and dignity of all, has remained constant from our inception and is still our goal today. Integrity, respect, customer service and leadership are the foundations we continue to build upon in order to serve to the best of our abilities.
The first assignment of the New York State Police was policing the New York State Fair.
The Special Operations Response Team (SORT) was created in 1980 to provide a tactical response element for the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. There are currently six regional teams.
The New York State Police Aviation Unit provides law enforcement support, search and rescue, and medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) services.
The New York State Police Underwater Recovery Team is the oldest and largest law enforcement public safety dive team in the country.
Before motorized vehicles, State Police members patrolled on horseback.
The Special Operations Response Team provides tactical response to critical events and other specialized assignments including counter terrorism operations, searches for escapees/wanted subjects, high angle rope rescue and barricaded suspects.
Snowmobiles and ATVs are used by the State Police when travel by patrol vehicle would be difficult.
The New York State Police Canine Unit was first organized in 1975. The three initial canine teams were trained in explosive detection for the 1976 and 1980 Olympics.
The New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team responds to events involving chemical, biological, nuclear and explosive materials.
During academy training the starting salary is $56,174 with it increasing to $79,467 after one year.
As as trooper you will receive paid vacation, sick and personal time; health, dental and optical insurance coverage; and excellent retirement benefits.