ALBANY, N.Y. (AP/NEWS10 ABC) - Nearly 200 new troopers are getting set to join the ranks of the New York State Police after being placed on the wait list for a number of years.
The 200th class of the New York State Police Academy graduates Tuesday from the Basic School in a ceremony at the Empire State Plaza in downtown Albany before going to their new assignments around the state.
It was a proud moment for many families across New York State as they looked on as their loved ones made their way into the convention center.
Superintendent Joseph D'Amico of the State Police said the newly hired troopers will be stationed throughout NY State.
"They leave the academy and still have about three more months of field training. They will be partnered with a senior trooper," he said.
Some of the graduates will stay right here in the Capital Region, like 28-year-old Danielle Janczak of Troy.
"I've always admired the state police. I been in awe and I've been wanting to be a state trooper for as long as I can remember," she said.
Brian Salmon, 28, previously worked for the State Police as a civilian, but decided he wanted to dedicate his career to public safety.
"My goal is to learn how to be a trooper. Eventually I would want to become an investigator," he said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.