Profiles in the NYSP
Senior Investigator Musco Millner, III, Troop D Forensic Identification Unit
There exists no moment in time that I regret my career choice; becoming a member of the New York State Police in 1993. I chose this career with the intention of being in a position where I could make a difference in and give back to the community where I was raised. The State Police has afforded me the opportunity to continue my education while being employed full-time and I am currently working toward my master’s degree. The benefits, a twenty-year retirement, competitive salary, promotional/advancement opportunities and healthcare ensure not only my future but also the future of my two daughters.
Technical Lieutenant Gary Richardson, Equal Employment Opportunity Compliance Officer, Division Headquarters
I have been a New York State Trooper since 1992. After completing my service in the United States Air Force, I wanted to pursue a new and exciting career as a State Trooper. Although I had many opportunities in other career fields, the New York State Police was the only one that could provide me with everything that I was looking for. Advancement, career progression, specialized units and a flexible work schedule were some of the attributes that I deemed important in a career. The New York State Police has fulfilled all of them and much more. I have had the unique opportunity to work as a Minority Recruiter traveling to many states outside of our own. I have also worked in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina and participated in New York City during 911. If you are looking for a life changing career, this is it. Taking the exam is the first step!
Sergeant Scott Nell, Station Commander Troop D
I joined the New York State Police in 1988, attracted by the reputation of the organization and its para-military structure, as well as the opportunity to serve my community. During my first 13 years as a trooper, I served as a Field Training Officer, a firearms instructor and a rifleman. I also spent 9 years as a member of the tactical Mobile Response Team. These assignments afforded me the opportunity to participate in details across New York State, including the World University Games in Buffalo, Goodwill Games in Lake Placid, and Woodstock. I have participated in numerous searches for escaped felons as well as high risk warrant executions.
I have served the last several years as a station supervisor, helping mentor troopers in their daily patrol duties. My career with the state police has been very rewarding and has afforded me many opportunities that I don’t believe I would have had outside of this profession.
Trooper Xaymara Morales, Troop D
1999-2004 United States Army
I signed up as a Military Police Officer in the United States Army. I was assigned to Ft Drum, NY. While in the military I got the opportunity to work in the following capacities. Combat MP, Community Policing, Bike Patrol, Criminal Intelligence, Patrol Officer, Entry Level SRT Officer, and Marksman/ Observer team leader.
2004-2007 Department of Defense
Upon my completion with my tour in the United States Army. I was hired by the DOD as a Detective in the Investigation Unit. I was the youngest officer to hold that position. While working as a Detective I was able to continue working as the Team Leader for the Sniper Team assigned to the Federal Installation as my secondary responsibilities. Prior to my departure I was second highest ranking in my office and in line to be a supervisor.
2007-Present New York State Police
In January of 2007 I was hired by the New York State Police. I was assigned to SP Albany for 6 months while completing basic academy. Upon completion I was assigned to SP Somers in Westchester County for 4 months. I was then assigned to SP Watertown in Jefferson County.
Sergeant Jason M. Haag, Station Commander Troop E
I graduated from college and decided to pursue a career in Law Enforcement. The elite status of the New York State Police made for an easy decision when I was offered a position in the November 1999. Working as a Trooper has been both challenging and rewarding. I have participated in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, undercover work, multi agency initiatives and the State Fair detail and was a Field Training Officer (FTO).
Currently I am a station Sergeant, entrusted with the responsibility of supervising Troopers and providing administrative oversight of station operations. I have also received additional training as a Drug Recognition Expert and regularly examine people under arrest for driving while their ability is impaired by drug use.
A career with the New York State Police is not for everybody. Those that are selected and graduate from the academy will have the opportunity to work for one of the most respected law enforcement agencies in the country.
Captain Gilberto Perez, Troop T
I have been with the Division of State Police since 1984. I am of Hispanic descent, and was raised in the Bronx of New York City. When I decided to join the New York State Police, I was looking for a career that would not only be exciting and personally rewarding, but that would also allow me to reach out and help others. The New York State Police has fulfilled all of my career's expectations. In addition, the New York State Police afforded me the opportunity to advance my education and obtain my Masters Degree in Public Administration. If you are looking for a career that affords you the opportunity for personal advancement, that would provide you with excitement, financial security and stability, while allowing you to do your part in giving back to the community, the New York State Police is the career for you.
Zone Sergeant Robert Myers III, Troop L
I am a Zone Sergeant in the New York State Police. I joined the NYSP November 29, 1994 and spent the first year on the job in Westchester County. I have had the opportunity to work as a Field Training Officer and prior to being promoted to the rank of Sergeant, taught courses at the academy.
I have always known that I wanted to be a Police Officer. I initially went into the US Army where I became a Paratrooper which was a great experience because it demanded the highest dedication and required me to strive to exceed the standard in everything I did. When I left the Army, I decided I would settle for nothing but the best. That is why I chose to join the New York State Police where I continue to proudly serve.
Trooper Christopher Neidert, Division K-9
After serving in the United States Marine Corps I chose to join the NYSP because I was impressed by their professionalism and integrity.
During my career I have been assigned to a variety of details including the 9/11 attack, Woodstock, the NYS Fair, the PGA Championship and New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. I am currently assigned to Division K-9 with my partner, ‘Sperr’, and we are in training for narcotics detection, tracking and handler protection at the canine training facility in Cooperstown, NY. Being a K-9 handler has always been an aspiration for me within the State Police.
The opportunities given to my family and I have been nothing but rewarding. Although it can be challenging at times, the experiences and memories I have gained will last a lifetime. I could not have hoped for a more worthwhile career.