Nine visiting Rotary governors recently joined fellow Rotarians in visiting the Troop E Headquarters of the New York State Police in Farmington, in conjunction with the Rotary governor-elect hospitality program.
The governors were from Argentina, Australia, Chile, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Togo and Uganda.
Maj. Craig Laughton welcomed the international guests to Troop E. He provided an overall view of NYSP’s organizational structure and its law enforcement duties. He explained that the division is comprised of a uniform force and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Investigative personnel assigned to the BCI handle serious felony crimes. Some BCI personnel are assigned to special units that investigate narcotics and organized crime syndicates.
NYSP has a large number of investigators assigned to the Drug Enforcement Task Force in New York City that includes officers from the Drug Enforcement Administration and NYC police. NYSP personnel also are assigned to the Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Laughton told guests that, in addition to NYSP investigations, Troop E’s specialized and forensic units are available to assist local agencies, when requested, at no cost to local government.
Uniform troopers have been the core of the agency since it was founded in 1917. They are the ones most easily recognized and encountered by citizens as they go about their daily activities. Laughton explained that, unlike highway patrol agencies, NYSP is a full-service police agency. A trooper’s duty assignment may be anywhere in the state. Several officers speaking during the tour served in the Adirondack and Catskill mountains, Hudson Valley, Long Island, the capital district, the Southern Tier and central New York.
All members started their careers as troopers. Each undergo a six-month training program at the NYSP Academy in Albany that involves academic instruction while maintaining a strict, semi-military boot camp regimen. They reside at the academy during their training period.
Visitors heard presentations about forensic investigations, the utilization of drones and specialized equipment. Trooper Vince Abate and his Belgian Malinois, Gerry, provided a demonstration on canine capabilities.
The guests had questions on evidence gathering in criminal investigations. Several were interested in the use of cyanoacrylate adhesives, commonly known as super glue fuming, to develop fingerprints at crime scenes. Rotarians heard about the process while they toured the forensic investigative building adjacent to the Troop E headquarters. They were able to see the equipment used in this process.
The guests examined the interior of a state police cruiser and a trooper explained the computerized equipment in the car.
At the end of the tour, the Rotarians expressed thanks to Laughton, 1st Sgt. Brent Bowman and the staff at Troop E for their hospitality.