Fulton woman graduates from state police academy

A Fulton woman was one of 168 new members of the state police who graduated from the New York State Police Academy this past week.

Kathleen A. Morrell of Fulton has been assigned to Troop D, Oneida. She and the other new troopers reported for duty July 24.

“These new members of the New York State Police will serve one of the most prestigious and challenging roles in society as law enforcement personnel,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at the troopers’ graduation ceremony in Albany.

“Their sharpened talents will be put to use in keeping every corner of New York safe, as they are now prepared to protect the people of this state through times of uncertainty and distress. On behalf of every New Yorker, I extend my gratitude to the New York State Police and offer my congratulations to today’s graduating Troopers and their families,” Cuomo said.

Lieutenant Governor Robert J. Duffy said, “I give my deepest congratulations to the men and women graduating today and selflessly taking the oath to serve. As a retired officer, I know firsthand the challenges they face to protect and defend the people of New York State.

“I am grateful for everything these members of law enforcement do for our state, and I congratulate these new graduates and their families on their hard work over the past 26 weeks,” Duffy said.

New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico​ said, “After 26 weeks of difficult classwork and training, the 201st Basic School will continue the fine tradition of the State Police members that have come before them.

“This graduation ceremony is the culmination of the hard work you have shown over the past six months. It is also a testament to your continued dedication, as you waited years before your name was called to join the long gray line. I congratulate all of our new members and wish you luck as you start your career,” D’Amico said.

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