New York State Police Academy graduates 228 new Troopers

First graduation under Superintendent Steven James

ALBANY, NY (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) — In his first graduation as Superintendent of the New York State Police, Superintendent Steven James saw 228 people become the newest crop of New York State Troopers at the Empire State Plaza on Wednesday, May 15.

Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado was also on hand to welcome the new troopers, which includes nine from the Mohawk Valley.

“Today we celebrate the newest graduates of the New York State Police Academy joining a long tradition of honor,” Delgado said in a statement. “New York will be a safer place because of these public servants. We applaud their dedication, bravery, and commitment to serving our state.”

“Today’s ceremony is one of our finest traditions and introduces a new generation of highly trained men and women to the New York State Police,” Superintendent James said in a statement. “These new Troopers will serve New Yorkers with honor, integrity, and bravery, and I welcome them to our ranks.”

It is the 214th session of the Basic School of the New York State Police Academy, which has campuses in Albany and Cazenovia. It is also the first class of Troopers to join the corps from the former Cazenovia College.

Trooper Jack Merritt, a graduate of SUNY Oneonta, was recognized at the class’ student representative for this session. He was awarded a firearm from the Troopers’ Police Benevolent Association. He served in the United States Marine Corps before attending the academy, and will be assigned to Troop F, stationed out of Middletown.

Of the 228 graduates, eight of them are from the Mohawk Valley, and will be serving in Troop D, stationed out of Oneida. They are as follows:

  • Trooper Connor Gnatek of Whitesboro,
  • Trooper Trevor Jones of Sauquoit,
  • Trooper Travon Thompson of Utica,
  • Trooper Mark Morreale of Whitesboro,
  • Trooper Connor Miller of Rome,
  • Trooper Kalyn Olney of Rome,
  • Trooper Neiko Scarano of Little Falls, and
  • Trooper Cody Fowler of Utica.

One other cadet, Trooper Brian Fassett out of Richfield Springs, will be serving in Troop C, which is stationed out of Sidney.

The new troopers will report to their respective troops beginning on Friday, May 17 for ten weeks of field training, which will be supervised by senior Field Training Officers.

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