24 March 2022
 Major Richard J. O’Brien
 Troop G Commander
The New York State Police announce that Superintendent Kevin P. Bruen has appointed Major Richard J. O’Brien as the 37th Troop Commander of Troop G. He comes to the position from Planning and Research at Division Headquarters.

Major O’Brien entered the New York State Police Academy on October 7, 1991, and upon graduation was assigned to Troop B- SP Malone as a uniformed Trooper. In 1998 he was promoted to the rank of Investigator in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. He served at SP Westport and SP Plattsburgh before transferring to the Child Abuse Unit in Albany, now known as the Special Victims Unit. There he was promoted to the rank of Senior Investigator.

In 2006 Major O’Brien joined Recruitment and Member Hiring at Division Headquarters and was promoted within the unit to the permanent rank of Lieutenant in 2012. He served as the Assistant Zone Commander in Troop G, Zone 2 and as a Troop G BCI Lieutenant before being promoted to the rank of Captain in 2016. As Captain he was assigned to Division Headquarters and then served as the Troop G BCI Captain. He was promoted to the rank of Major in Planning and Research in 2021.

Major O’Brien grew up in the Plattsburgh area where he attended SUNY Plattsburgh and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. In 2001 he earned a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from SUNY Albany. He is married with two adult children and currently resides in Rensselaer County.

The new Troop Commander commented, “I am extremely grateful to return to Troop G, and look forward to leading the highly committed, dedicated, and professional sworn and civilian personnel who are assigned to this Troop.  I am eager to continue the tradition of excellence the public has come to expect from us, and am thankful for the opportunity to continue to serve the citizens of the ten counties that encompass Troop G.   I am also looking forward to working with my numerous law enforcement and public safety colleagues at the local, county, state, and federal levels, knowing that together we will continue to make New York State a safer place to live and work. “

Troop G has 24 stations, serving the public in 10 counties including, Albany, Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Washington, and Warren.

Major O’Brien’s appointment to Troop Commander was effective March 17, 2022. He replaces Major R. Christopher West who was promoted to the rank of Assistant Deputy Superintendent- Chief of Staff in the Office of the Superintendent.






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