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NY State Police appoints first African American Female Captain in the history of the agency


The New York State Police today announced the promotion of Lieutenant Trenee Young. Young has been named Captain, Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Troop NYC and is the first African American female in the history of the New York State Police to earn the rank of Captain. Her appointment is effective today.

New York State Police Acting Superintendent Steven G. James said, “I send my sincere congratulations to Captain Young on becoming the first African American female in the history of the State Police to earn this prestigious rank. Captain Young has shown remarkable commitment to serving the people of New York honorably, with dignity and the highest moral character. I have the utmost confidence that she will continue to provide excellent service to all in her new role. This is a well-deserved milestone in Captain Young’s career.”

“It is an honor and a privilege to be the first African American female Captain in the history of the New York State Police,” said Captain Trenee Young. “I stand on the shoulders of those who inspired and encouraged me, those who mentored me, and those who challenged me to never give up.  I am humbled by the opportunity to pave the way for those who will come behind. Leadership has been defined in different ways by many, but the underlying theme is to set an example that others want to follow.”

Captain Young entered the State Police Academy on August 16, 2007, and after field training, was first assigned to Troop K, SP Somers in Westchester County.

Captain Young remained at SP Somers for eight years until she was promoted to Sergeant in 2016, and assigned to Troop L, SP Farmingdale. She was transferred back to Troop K in 2020.

Shortly after returning to Troop K, Young was promoted to Sergeant/Station Commander and assigned to SP Cortlandt.

In 2021, she was promoted to Lieutenant and was the first Black female in the New York State Police to earn the permanent rank of Lieutenant. Young was then assigned to the Professional Standards Bureau-South Regional Office and served in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Troop K.

We congratulate Captain Young on her momentous achievement and thank her for her dedication to public service and the New York State Police. 

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