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According to 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.

His 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.”

Todd Keister is a lieutenant in the New York State Police, currently serving in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation commanding the anti-corruption unit at an upstate Indian casino. He has previously served as a trooper, field-training officer, sergeant, academy instructor, station commander, assistant zone commander, and director of field investigations for the governor’s office. He also served as a U.S. Navy Reserve Intelligence Specialist for the Defense Intelligence Agency from 2000-2005. Lieutenant Keister holds associate and bachelor degrees in criminal justice and history, respectively, and a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University at Albany School of Criminal Justice.


Lieutenant Todd Kesiter is the author of the Center for Problem-Orientated Policing Guide No. 46, Thefts of and from Cars on Residential Streets and Driveways.  According to the introduction, “This guide begins by describing the problem of theft of and from cars in residential neighborhoods and by reviewing factors that increase its risks. It then identifies a series of questions to help you analyze your local problem. Finally, it reviews responses to the problem and what is known about these from evaluative research and police practice.


Theft of and from cars in residential neighborhoods is only one of a number of vehicle-related problems that occur in residential neighborhoods that the police must address. This guide is limited to addressing only the harms created by theft of and from cars in streets and driveways in such neighborhoods. It does not cover thefts in parking facilities, except where especially relevant. Related problems not directly addressed in this guide, each of which require separate analysis, include:  carjacking; insurance fraud; burglaries to garages and outbuildings; injuries or deaths resulting from stolen vehicle pursuits

thefts of and from commercial vehicles; thefts of motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles or bicycles; speeding in residential areas.”

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