About the New York State Police
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.
vicious crime spurred Mr. Howell's employer, Moyca Newell (left) and her friend, Katherine Mayo (right), to initiate a movement
to form a State Police department to provide police protection to rural areas.
As a result of their efforts, the
State Legislature established the New York State Police as a full service police agency on April 11, 1917.
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.
During the 1990s, the New York State Police
focused on three primary objectives: dealing with the rising tide of violent crime, much of it drug related; increasing cooperative
ventures with local law enforcement agencies to more efficiently and effectively provide police services to the people of
New York; and preparing for the challenges of the rapidly approaching 21st Century.