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First female becomes Field Commander in State Police history


ALBANY, N.Y. - New York State Police have promoted the first female in state division history to the position of Deputy Superintendent Field Commander on Monday.

State Police congratulate Colonel Patricia Groeber, 50, with a promotion they say is not only well-deserved, but also groundbreaking. Groeber was also the first female Troop Commander in the New York State Police.

During a ceremony Monday, Groeber says she will take on the position and lead by example.

Currently there are eleven times the number of men than women in New York State Police.

She started her police career in Troop G in 1986, serving as a trooper until she was promoted to sergeant in 1991. She was then promoted to lieutenant in 1997, she was assigned to Batavia, to Division Headquarters Planning and Research, to the state police internal affairs unit and uniformed lieutenant at Troop G in Loudonville. 

In 2001, Groeber was promoted to captain and served as a zone commander before transfer to the Detail Commander, ESD/Capital where she was responsible for the implementation of security changes at the state Capitol and other state government buildings in Albany.

In June 2006, Groeber was promoted to major and served as the director of traffic services.  She was the first female member of the state police to hold the rank of Major and upon her assignment to Troop Commander, Troop G, Loudonville; was also the first female member to lead a State Police Troop.

Groeber was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 2008 and has served as an Assistant Deputy Superintendent in the Internal Affairs Bureau and now in the Employee Relations Section.

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