New York Troopers - History
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HORSE PATROL DAYS
 

WHEN A TROOPER WENT ON PATROL, HE MOUNTED UP IN THE BACK

BARRACKS YARD, WITH A TOOTH BRUSH IN ONE SADDLE BAG AND AN

EXTRA FEED OF OATS FOR HIS HORSE IN THE OTHER. HE WAS

COMPLETELY ON HIS OWN. HE MADE HIS OWN DECISIONS ON ALL

MATTERS THAT HE CAME IN CONTACT WITH. HE RODE THE HIGHWAYS

AND BYWAYS , STOPPED TO VISIT WHEN AND WHERE HE WANTED TO,

STOPPED AT FARM HOUSES FOR LUNCH AND TO FEED AND REST HIS

HORSE AND WHILE THERE OFTEN SOLVED THE FAMILY PROBLEMS. HE

ACTED AS A VETERINARY IN CARING FOR THE FARMERS STOCK AND IN

MANY CASES TOOK JUNIOR OUT TO THE BARN TO TEACH HIM THE FACTS

OF LIFE. IN GENERAL, THE TROOPER DID EVERYTHING HE COULD TO

ASSIST THE PEOPLE HE CAME INTO CONTACT WITH. 

THE TROOPER WOULD ARRIVE IN A TOWN AND THE PEOPLE WOULD

STAND ON THE STREETS AND GIVE HIM THE ONCE OVER AND WHERE THE

BULLY BOYS WOULD BE EVER READY TO TANGLE WITH THE NEW

TROOPER AND CHALLENGE HIS AUTHORITY. HE WOULD ALWAYS

CONTACT THE LOCAL TELEPHONE OPERATOR TO LEARN IF THERE WERE

ANY COMPLAINTS WAITING FOR ACTION IN THE AREA. 

THE TROOPERS WERE LOYAL TO HIS JOB AND FELLOW TROOPER AND

MADE THE REPUTATION AND GAINED PRESTIGE WHICH IS STILL ENJOYED

TODAY. THEY PAVED THE WAY FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AS WE KNOW IT

TODAY WHEN THEY CLEANED UP THE DIRTY SPOTS AND TAUGHT THE

PEOPLE RESPECT FOR LAW AND ORDER.
 
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