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  • Originally posted by GrayPatriot
    I hope the new guys coming to my station like doing DIRs and accident reports... We just got hit with 70" of snow in 24 hours. These guys are going to have an eye opener this weekend ;-)

    Ha! 70 inches of snow! I know where you work.
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    • Originally posted by SlowDownThere
      The topic occasionally comes up in our break room, over morning coffee.

      Just stop in some time.

      Okay, what time shall I be there? I'll bring the donuts.
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      • Originally posted by GrayPatriot
        I hope the new guys coming to my station like doing DIRs and accident reports... We just got hit with 70" of snow in 24 hours. These guys are going to have an eye opener this weekend ;-)
        Sounds like my kind of town. Don't forget the snow chains and tennis rackets.
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        • Originally posted by GrayPatriot
          I hope the new guys coming to my station like doing DIRs and accident reports... We just got hit with 70" of snow in 24 hours. These guys are going to have an eye opener this weekend ;-)
          I wish we would get that much snow... wait... no I don't. I was going to buy a new Arctic Cat F1000 until it was christmas and we didn't have any snow on the ground so I bought a slightly used 06 Mustang GT.
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          • vision requirements

            I have keratoconus, which disqualify me from the military. Would this disqualify me from the state troopers even if I could meet the vision requirements? Also, how strict are troopers with the 20/20 corrected vision requirement? Would they accept someone with 20/30 corrected vision?

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            • Originally posted by medank2003
              I have keratoconus, which disqualify me from the military. Would this disqualify me from the state troopers even if I could meet the vision requirements? Also, how strict are troopers with the 20/20 corrected vision requirement? Would they accept someone with 20/30 corrected vision?
              http://www.troopers.state.ny.us/Empl...ions/index.cfm

              The link above is from our public site, and outlines the qualifications. It clearly states 20/100 uncorrected, and 20/20 corrected. I don't see them budging on that.

              If you would like to discuss it, PM me and I'll put you in touch with a recruiter who should know for sure.
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              • Psych Exam cancelled....

                Just an FYI

                I just called in to confirm my attendance at the scheduled psychological re-exam on February 25th and was told that the exam had been cancelled.

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                • Originally posted by mleggio
                  Psych Exam cancelled....

                  Just an FYI

                  I just called in to confirm my attendance at the scheduled psychological re-exam on February 25th and was told that the exam had been cancelled.
                  Very sorry to hear that. What was their reason for this?

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                  • No reason. They just said that the test had been cancelled for everyone.

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                    • Originally posted by mleggio
                      No reason. They just said that the test had been cancelled for everyone.
                      Oh, okay good. I thought you meant it was just cancelled for you. So you will eventually be continuing the process. I hope everything goes well. I wonder if they might be delaying it til they start the next processing for all of the first time processors like me. Who knows what goes on or who makes these decisions.
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                      • Originally posted by GrayPatriot
                        I hope the new guys coming to my station like doing DIRs and accident reports... We just got hit with 70" of snow in 24 hours. These guys are going to have an eye opener this weekend ;-)
                        I just saw the news and now they say you guys have over 10 feet of snow fall. I can't wait to move up by you. I say, "the more the merrier".
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                        • How hard is it for a new guy to the Hudson Valley (Troop K) after the academy? Im from northern Dutchess County, and Ive heard more than a few troopers gripe about being stationed here. I dont know if this is a common feeling amongst troopers, or just a few disgruntled individuals. Ive heard it has to do with the cost of living and whatnot. After 6 years in the Marines, I wont complain about living anywhere in New York!!! After all, Watertown or Lowville is better than Iraq, but I would still like to work in Dutchess/Columbia County if possible.
                          I was also wondering, do they force you to move around the state? For example could you just come to work one day and be told you are transferring out to a new station in a week? Thats one of the things I dont like about the military, its very unstable.

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                          • Originally posted by reils49
                            How hard is it for a new guy to the Hudson Valley (Troop K) after the academy? Im from northern Dutchess County, and Ive heard more than a few troopers gripe about being stationed here. I dont know if this is a common feeling amongst troopers, or just a few disgruntled individuals. Ive heard it has to do with the cost of living and whatnot. After 6 years in the Marines, I wont complain about living anywhere in New York!!! After all, Watertown or Lowville is better than Iraq, but I would still like to work in Dutchess/Columbia County if possible.
                            I was also wondering, do they force you to move around the state? For example could you just come to work one day and be told you are transferring out to a new station in a week? Thats one of the things I dont like about the military, its very unstable.

                            Thanks,
                            Matt
                            The State Police is not like the military with respect to transfers for the most part. You can get forced to transfer but that is only if you screw up big time. Transfers happen based on seniority but once you are where you want to be you don't ever have to leave... baring that barracks being closed of course.

                            F and K are busy Troops and the lifestyle there is not what some guys want. I worked in SP Highland for 6 months and loved the job but hated the COL. It's rediculous that someone would pay $400k for 2700 sq ft on 1/4 acre when I can get 3500 sq ft on 50+ acres up here for $150k. And the best thing... I'm making the same amount of money the guy in K is making. I could never afford the lifestyle I live here down in F. Even though OT was more plentiful in Highland... you can only work so much before you get burned out. My guess would be that if you're from the area and already accustomed to the lifestyle... you wont mind SP Poughkeepsie.

                            It also has a little to do with leadership... if a Troop or Zone Commander makes work life less than enjoyable... guys are going to bitch. We have a great Troop Commander here in E and I hope he doesn't go anywhere anytime soon as I don't want to risk having to work for a micromanaging, forgot where he came from, Commander who thinks it's his job to burn Troopers who don't wear their stetson at 3am.
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                            • Thanks for the help. Troop F is nice, Ive seen some nice deer hunting spots on that side of the river. I like the Eastern part of Ulster County; Kingston, Catskill etc. I dont like middletown though or places down in Rockland. I have a friend who works SP Poughkeepsie and he seems happy there. I also have a former Marine buddy who works SP Rhinebeck. But like you said, they are both Dutchess county natives. I would like SP Livingston, its a little more rural, and land is cheaper in Columbia County. But I would be happy working just about anywhere other than Iraq! Being miserable for 7 months at a time makes you see things different I guess.

                              Do your Troop Commanders/Zone Commanders ride you guys alot for stupid things like that? How strict are they about uniforms and personal appearance? I dont mind it, I just never really thought of it. And are the Sergeants, and Lieutenants/Captains strictly behind a desk or do they get out and work sometimes? And how many Troopers usually work in a station? I always see the same couple of guys working it seems.
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                              • Originally posted by reils49
                                Do your Troop Commanders/Zone Commanders ride you guys alot for stupid things like that? How strict are they about uniforms and personal appearance? I dont mind it, I just never really thought of it. And are the Sergeants, and Lieutenants/Captains strictly behind a desk or do they get out and work sometimes? And how many Troopers usually work in a station? I always see the same couple of guys working it seems.
                                I'm not going to mention Troop Commanders but I have friends that came from a certain Troop not far from E that all tell the same stories about how serious a crime not wearing your Stetson is. I know about an old Zone Commander who would yell at guys for swearing or telling adult jokes in the company of other Troopers (where no civilians could hear what was being said). I know of Zone Sergeants that are so out of touch with how much society has changed in the 20 years since they have been on the road that they listen to, and believe, what joe ****head says about how the Trooper talked to and treated him, without even talking to said Trooper.

                                That being said, I work for Zone Sergeants that will get the full story before taking any action. Not everyone in the station likes our Station Commander but I think he is one of the best Sgt's I've ever known, Trooper or military, because he doesn't play favorites... he is tough on everyone but not unjustly so about stupid things.

                                It's a crap shoot about who you work for. I work for really good Sergeants right now but retirements and promotions are coming and that means eventually diffrent sergeants and possibly diffrent management styles unlike what we have now.

                                Once you start taking tests you stop taking complaints and arresting people. Sergeants manage Troopers for the most part. They do work special details like manhunts and construction/escort details but for the most part they are desk jockeys. Lt's are middle management and see even less time in a Troop Car.

                                Authorized line numbers per station depends on population and patrol area among other things I'm sure. Even though we have more sworn members now that any time in the past... there are fewer guys on the road now than ever before. 15 years ago when I was driving 17/390/63/90/290/190 while going back and forth to college, you would see no fewer that 10 Troopers in the ~180 mile trip. Now you can make that trip and you might only see 1 or 2 cars on the T-Way between Batavia and Buffalo.
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