Governor Cuomo announces first woman to serve as State Police’s second-in-command

ALBANY, N.Y (WIVB) — Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the first woman to ever serve as the New York State Police’s First Deputy Superintendent.

Patricia M. Groeber was appointed second-in-command of the State Police, which consists of 4,800 members, by Superintendent Joseph D’Amico.

State Police Superintendent D’Amico said, “Patricia Groeber has been committed to protecting the people of New York for nearly 30 years. Her career has taken her to all corners of the state, rising through the ranks to be the first female to hold a number of leadership positions within the New York State Police. Today, we congratulate her latest achievement as she becomes First Deputy Superintendent. Her leadership and dedication to this agency will not only benefit the New York State Police, but also the people of this great state.”

This is a first in the State Police’s 98-year history.

“First Deputy Superintendent Groeber is a proven leader in the finest traditions of the New York State Police,” said Governor Cuomo. “I know she moves into her new position with the experience and dedication that’s necessary to serve all New Yorkers. I congratulate Patricia Groeber on her appointment to this incredibly important post.”

Groeber is a 1984 graduate of the University of Albany. She later received her Master’s degree in criminal justice from Rockefeller College/University of Albany and also earned another Master’s degree in Public Administration from Marist College.

Groeber joined the State Police as a Trooper in September of 1986 and has served in a number of positions since then. These include her appointment as Field Commander in 2013, where she was the first woman to ever serve as third-in-command of the State Police.

During this time, Groeber oversaw operations of the Uniform Force, NYS Intelligence Center, Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Office of Counter Terrorism.

Groeber’s responsibilities as First Deputy Superintendent will include overseeing daily operations like field command, employee relations, administration and internal affairs.

Groeber is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the NYS Association of Chiefs of Police. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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