2 from Orleans graduate with new class from State Police

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 March 2022 at 3:05 pm

Two Orleans County residents are among the 227 new state troopers who graduated today from the 210th session of the Basic School of the New York State Police Academy.

Kelsey Schmitt of Albion and Kyle Allen of Medina were recognized during a ceremony at the Empire Plaza Convention Center in Albany.

Ann Bates, a former Orleans County resident and Holley Central School graduate, also is a new state trooper. She now lives in Elmira.

“These men and women we welcome into the New York State Police today have worked and trained extremely hard for six months and have dedicated themselves to protecting the people of New York State,” Governor Kathy Hochul said.  “I commend these new Troopers for their commitment to public service and making our state a safer place for those who live, work and travel through New York. I wish them luck as they start their careers and continue the 105-year-long tradition of the New York State Police.”

The graduates completed 26 weeks of training. They were selected from a list of more than 1,700 candidates, and now will report for field duty on March 31. For the following 10 weeks, the new troopers will be evaluated under a field-training program supervised by senior Field Training Officers.