Members and civilian employees of the Division of the New York State Police celebrated Women's History Month recently.
Superintendent Joseph A. D'Amico hosted the ceremony at the New York State Police Academy. The theme of this year's event was "Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment." The keynote speaker was Deputy Superintendent Field Commander, Patricia M. Groeber.
Groeber is the third in command of the State Police and the first female to hold the position in Division history. Groeber noted in her remarks that the progression of female troopers was not only inevitable but important.
"Allowing female members opened the agency to another pool of talented, committed individuals looking for a challenging and rewarding career," Groeber said. "Arriving at a scene today, it is not uncommon to see a female trooper directing traffic or even a female senior investigator. The fact that it is now unremarkable is what makes it remarkable."
At the ceremony D'Amico pointed out the important role women have played in State Police history and their continuing commitment to serve the citizens of New York.
"It is both an honor and a privilege to celebrate this important day as we recognize the many women, both past and present, who have helped to make the State Police such a stand out, elite organization," said D'Amico.
The New York State Police first hired female sworn members in 1974. Carol Johnston, Carol Desell, Maureen Tuffey,and Regina Robbins were the first women to become New York State Troopers.
Today, there are more than 900 sworn and non-sworn female State Police employees, many of whom are supervisors.