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NY State Park Police Graduates New Officers


Governor Kathy Hochul on Friday announced 20 new graduates from the 18th Basic School of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) Police Academy. After six months of intense training, these new officers will be assigned regionally to serve New York’s 250 parks and state historic sites. Last year, those sites attracted a record 84 million visits.

Graduation was held Friday at the Hall of Springs at Saratoga Spa State Park. For the past six months, the recruits were in residential training at the State Park Police Academy in Rensselaerville, Albany County.

New York State Parks Commissioner Pro Tempore Randy Simons said, “After going through rigorous training, we are proud to welcome these new graduates to our Park Police ranks. Their dedication will help keep a safe and welcoming environment for the millions of visitors who join us each year. As we celebrate our system’s Centennial, we want to let our patrons know of the support from Gov. Hochul, the legislature, and our law enforcement leadership that help keep parks and sites safe.”

State Parks Assistant Director of Park Police Col. Michael Daddona said, “Congratulations to this new class of park police officers. Your dedication and support from your families make this an extremely important day. I look forward to the next step in learning from our dedicated team at the New York State Park Police. Their training prepares them for a challenging and rewarding career – from law enforcement, investigations and extreme weather – on New York State’s forests, waterways, and trails.”

Training for recruits consists of classroom education in Criminal Procedure Law, Penal Law, Vehicle and Traffic Law, Park and Recreation Law, criminal investigations, and a host of other police-related topics. In addition, the recruits received hands-on training in firearms, first response, snowmobile operation, ATV operation, emergency vehicle operation and a wide variety of other law enforcement-related topics. The new officers will begin a 10-week field training program on April 8, where they will receive supervised training from senior officers, followed by assignment to patrol responsibilities.

The following graduates received special recognition awards:

  • Officer Ryan Lee of Massapequa, NY, Leadership Award
  • Officer Benedict Reitzel of Bay Shore, NY, Academic Achievement Award
  • Officer Benedict Reitzel of Bay Shore, NY, Physical Fitness Award
  • Officer Bailey Faldetta of Lagrangeville, NY, Firearms Proficiency Award

Names, hometowns, and regional assignments of the graduates are listed below are listed below:

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