More than a dozen law enforcement officers from the Hudson Valley were among the near 200 men and women who were welcomed to the ranks of the New York State Police by Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the 205th session graduate ceremony.
On Thursday, Cuomo congratulated 192 new members of the state police, who have each graduated from the Basic School of the New York State Police Academy. The new troopers will report for field duty on Friday, and will undergo a 10-week evaluation under a field-training program supervised by senior Field Training Officers.
“These new Troopers have dedicated themselves to protecting the people of New York State,” Cuomo said. “I commend these men and women for their hard work over the last 26 weeks and wish them luck as they start their careers and continue the fine tradition of the New York State Police. Our state is safer with these members joining the ranks and enforcing our laws.”
Among the new troopers reporting to Troop F in Middletown, which covers areas in Greene, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster Counties:
- Hopewell Junction residents Robert J. Cocuzza and Christopher E. Collins, and
- Poughkeepsie resident Steven Zehnacker.
Among the troopers set to report to Troop K in Poughkeepsie, which is responsible for parts of Columbia, Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester Counties:
- Yonkers residents Brady O. Condlin and Jaroslaw Kopcza,
- Poughkeepsie residents Theresa A. Filippini and Stacey C. Morris,
- Wappingers Falls residents Lukasz Kownacki and Cory P. Pingiczer,
- Harrison resident Sean P. Mallinson,
- Amenia resident Lynell Moran,
- Mahopac resident Raymond J. Nakelski, and
- Mount Vernon resident Diana C. Paredes.
Among those assigned to Troop NYC in Manhattan:
- Carmel resident Rafael C. Bou,
- Port Chester resident Ramsey Arellano,
- Yonkers resident Michael W. Drew,
- Poughkeepsie resident Juan G. Orejuela, and
- Mahopac resident Fredrick S. Wright.
“Today marks another significant moment in the proud 100-year history of the New York State Police,” New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said in a statement. “The graduation ceremony is one of our finest traditions and introduces a new generation of highly trained men and women, who will serve the citizens of the State of New York with honor and integrity. I am proud to welcome these graduates to our ranks.”
A complete list of the 192 new members of the New York State Police can be found here .