New York State Police

Gray Rider Monument

This is a photo of the Gray Rider Monument that stands in front of the NYSP Academy in Albany, NY.

The Gray Rider monument honors all men and women who have worn the uniform of the New York State Police. It stands in lasting tribute to their honorable service, professionalism, courage, loyalty and sacrifice.

Evoking the era of the founding of the NYSP, the monument stands symbolically in front of the NYSP Academy, where all troopers begin their careers.

The Gray Rider monument was the vision of a group of volunteers, who, with support from the Trooper Foundation, State of New York Inc., members, former members, family and friends of the troopers, labored to create this monument to the personnel, institution and tradition of the New York State Police.

Sculpted by native New Yorker Hy Rosen, the bronze statue was cast at the internationally acclaimed Tallix Foundry in Beacon, New York. The 12,000-pound octagonal base, carved in the shape of a trooper's shield, was quarried from Adirondack "mountain green" granite by the Cold Springs Granite Company of Ausable Forks, N.Y. Engraved into the base are the words; Honor, Integrity, Courage and Tradition.

For all members of the NYSP - past, present and future - the Gray Rider is a vivid and tangible reminder of the great tradition of public service that is their heritage.