State Police, Division of
Agency Web Site: http://www.troopers.ny.gov/
The mission of the State Police is to ensure highway safety, to prevent crime and enforce the law and to provide high quality support to law enforcement agencies across the State. Mission priorities include: reducing the number of deaths, injuries and property damage caused by motor vehicle accidents; reducing violent crime on a statewide basis; providing disorder control and public security at man-made and natural emergencies; providing support to local law enforcement agencies, through resources such as the Community Narcotics Enforcement Teams and the Computer Crimes Unit; and serving a crucial role in the State’s counter-terrorism efforts by collecting and analyzing information relating to the prevention and detection of terrorist threats and activities throughout the state, sharing this vital information with DHSES and our Federal, State and local law enforcement partners to act in a coordinated way aimed at early identification of and response to terrorist threats and activities.
Organization and Staffing
The Division, headed by a Superintendent who is appointed by the Governor, is organized into 11 Troops, all of which are overseen and supported by Division Headquarters located in Albany. Each Troop encompasses a geographic area of the State, except for Troop T which provides police services on the New York State Thruway. Troop NYC provides investigative and administrative services to Drug Enforcement and Criminal Task Forces and the District Attorney's offices throughout NYC. State Police also deploys Uniform Force personnel to transportation hubs throughout the NYC area as well as the 9/11 Museum. The remaining nine Troops provide patrol coverage and criminal investigation services in cooperation with the local law enforcement community throughout the rest of NYS. Factors which affect the extent of State Police’s presence throughout the State vary depending on the area’s population, highway mileage, and availability of county and local law enforcement agencies.
The FY 2019 Executive Budget recommends $994.7 million in All Funds for the Division ($679.7 million General Fund; $74.8 million Special Revenue Funds - Federal; $123.7 million in Special Revenue Funds - Other; and $116.5 million in Capital Funds), an increase of $68.5 million from the prior year. This change reflects a net increase of $3.5 million in State Operations to accommodate the expanded mission to combat gang activity in Long Island. The $65 million increase in Capital Projects appropriations is to allow State Police sufficient authority for communications interoperability projects in the first instance (though costs will ultimately fall within DHSES budget once projects are complete) as well as for newly created Capital Equitable Sharing Funds.
The Executive Budget recommends a workforce of 5,741 FTEs for the Division. This reflects a 30 FTE increase from FY 2018 and is attributed to additional positions needed to combat gang activity in Long Island, as well as for the timelier processing of sexual offense evidence kits, as signed by Chapter 500 of the Laws of 2016.
The Division is divided into three principal branches: Uniform Force, Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Technical Police Services. These branches play an integral role in the State’s public safety efforts while working cooperatively with numerous criminal justice entities to reduce crime, protect the public and guard against acts of terrorism.
The Uniform Force has two primary responsibilities: protecting the citizens of New York State and promoting highway safety. In some areas of the State, Uniformed Troopers serve as the primary law enforcement agency and respond to various types of criminal activity such as burglaries, missing children, assaults, robberies, and homicides. In areas where the State Police is not the primary law enforcement agency, Troopers work cooperatively with local law enforcement to provide supplemental law enforcement support.
Bureau of Criminal Investigation
The Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) is the “plain clothes” investigative branch of the Division. BCI Investigators concentrate on cases related to narcotics, child abuse, auto theft, consumer product tampering, organized crime, violent crime and working with Federal and local law enforcement to support counter-terrorism efforts. In addition, BCI resources are regularly deployed to assist local law enforcement agencies that may lack the resources or technical expertise required to conduct major criminal investigations.
Technical Police Services
The Technical Police Services program is primarily comprised of Communication Specialists and Forensic Scientists. Communication Specialists are the frontline of communication between the public and State Police personnel. They answer emergency and non-emergency phone calls to identify the scope and type of assistance needed for the caller, and they are responsible for all radio communications within Troop jurisdiction. Forensic Scientists and Lab Technicians support the State Police Crime Laboratory System which provides statewide support to all criminal justice agencies. There are four laboratories across the State, including the Forensic Investigation Center located in Albany, that provide a full range of forensic science services, controlled substance examinations, toxicology analyses and trace evidence examinations.
|Criminal Investigation Activities|
|Special Revenue Funds - Other||37||37||0|
|Governor's Traffic Safety Committee|
|Special Revenue Funds - Other||4||4||0|
|Special Revenue Funds - Other||295||295||0|
|Technical Police Services|
|Capital Projects Funds - Other||75||75||0|
|Special Revenue Funds - Federal||78,938,000||74,838,000||(4,100,000)|
|Special Revenue Funds - Other||124,064,000||123,664,000||(400,000)|
|Special Revenue Funds - Other||708,000||308,000||(400,000)|
|Criminal Investigation Activities|
|Special Revenue Funds - Federal||700,000||700,000||0|
|Special Revenue Funds - Other||10,824,000||10,824,000||0|
|Special Revenue Funds - Federal||65,500,000||65,500,000||0|
|Special Revenue Funds - Other||77,932,000||77,932,000||0|
|Technical Police Services|
|Special Revenue Funds - Federal||12,738,000||8,638,000||(4,100,000)|
|Special Revenue Funds - Other||34,600,000||34,600,000||0|
|Program||Total||Personal Service Regular
|Criminal Investigation Activities||193,501,000||1,351,000||181,891,000||525,000|
|Technical Police Services||27,016,000||0||23,214,000||0|
|Criminal Investigation Activities||0||0||11,610,000||826,000|
|Technical Police Services||1,437,000||0||2,365,000||0|
|Program||Total||Supplies and Materials|
|Criminal Investigation Activities||10,732,000||349,000||2,548,000||83,000|
|Technical Police Services||6,124,000||0||2,183,000||0|
|Criminal Investigation Activities||674,000||23,000||7,458,000||241,000|
|Technical Police Services||1,279,000||0||2,280,000||0|
|Criminal Investigation Activities||52,000||2,000|
|Technical Police Services||382,000||0|
|Criminal Investigation Activities||11,524,000||0||5,695,000||0|
|Technical Police Services||43,238,000||(4,100,000)||6,895,000||(550,000)|
|Criminal Investigation Activities||5,829,000||0|
|Technical Police Services||36,343,000||(3,550,000)|
|Comprehensive Construction Program||Available
|Facilities Maintenance and Operations|
|Capital Projects Fund||8,000,000||8,000,000||0||0|
|Maintenance and Improvement of Existing Facilities|
|Capital Projects Fund||37,500,000||42,500,000||5,000,000||46,842,000|
|Capital Projects Fund - Authority Bonds||6,000,000||6,000,000||0||22,195,000|
|IT Initiative Program|
|Capital Projects Fund - Authority Bonds||0||0||0||10,000,000|
|DSP Capital Equitable Sharing Agreement - Justice||0||30,000,000||30,000,000||0|
|DSP Capital Equitable Sharing Agreement - Treasury||0||30,000,000||30,000,000||0|
|Capital Projects Fund - Authority Bonds||0||0||0||5,781,000|
Note: Most recent estimates as of 01/16/2018