Serving the Public Since 1917

A photo of Moyca Newell, one of the two women who initiated a movement to form a State Police Department.

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.

A photo of Katherine Mayo, one of the two women who initiated a movement to form a State Police Department.

This 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 232 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.