MILLBROOK — New York State Police Troop K has a new commander.
Robert C. Gregory began serving his new post on Thursday.
He was appointed by State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II and he replaces Maj. Robert M. Nuzzo, who will move on to serve the Division of State Police as assistant deputy superintendent, chief of staff, at Division Headquarters.
Gregory will oversee state police operations in Columbia, Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester counties.
“It is a tremendous privilege,” Gregory said Friday about his new post. “Over the years, I served this troop in various capacities and to be the commander of this troop is a very special honor.”
Although Gregory is new to the job, he is not new to Troop K. His career there began in 1990 after graduating the New York State Police Academy.
From there, he moved on to Troop T six years later. He returned to Troop K in 1998, and went on to attain the rank of sergeant in 2000, then became station commander of the Brewster barracks in 2002, and achieved the rank of lieutenant and was assigned to Troop L in 2004. A month later, he was transferred to Troop NYC and served as lieutenant at the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and was assigned to the Drug Enforcement Task Force.
No matter the post, Gregory said his main goal has been to focus on the safety of others — including the public and the men and women who work alongside him.
“My goal is to use the resources, talents and technology that we have to ensure the safety of everyone in New York State,” Gregory said. “Whether it is street crime or terrorism, our main goal is to keep people safe.”
In August 2007, Gregory was appointed to the rank of captain in the Special Investigations Unit, assigned to the Joint Terrorism Task Force, where he remained until 2012. Then he returned to Troop K as the Zone 2 Commander, serving Dutchess and Putnam counties.
In April 2013, Gregory transferred back to the Special Investigations Unit, where he oversaw a detail of division members assigned to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, and later the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption, which was formed and later disbanded by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
In December 2015, Gregory was promoted to major in charge of the New York State Intelligence Center, and later named the detail commander of the Special Investigations Unit.
“I always admired and respected law enforcement and the important role that they had in society,” Gregory said. “I wanted to be part of such an honorable and important profession and I thought it would be rewarding — and it has been,”
In a turbulent time for police and public relations and the recent death of state trooper Joel Davis, who was shot while responding to a domestic incident, keeping open dialogue with the public and community outreach are important, Gregory said. He also encourages fellow police to always be aware while on patrol and to “remain vigilant.”
This weekend the public will get a chance to meet Gregory as troopers celebrate the 100th anniversary of the New York State Police with a Centennial Open House. The event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Troop K Headquarters, located at 2541 Route 44 in Salt Point.
The open house will feature a variety of old and new state police equipment, including vintage patrol cars, historic memorabilia, the SORT Bearcat armored vehicle, as well as demonstrations by the K-9 unit, scuba team, SORT team, Mounted unit and State Police Aviation unit. Members of Major Crimes Unit, Forensic Identification Unit, Computer Crimes Unit and Collision Reconstruction Unit will be available to answer the public’s questions.
Free parking will be available north of the state police barracks at the Institute of Ecosystems Studies, 4799 Route 82, in Salt Point. Vans will shuttle guests to and from the event.
A state police recruiter will be available at the event to answer questions about the New York state examination in October 2017. For more information, interested applicants can visit www.NYTrooper.com.
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