PAINTED POST - New York State Police celebrated its 100-year anniversary Saturday with a public open house at the Painted Post barracks.
“We’re celebrating the 100th anniversary of the state police, so we’re trying to showcase some of our toys and resources we bring to the table when it comes to law enforcement and things we can do in the area,” said state police Major Richard Allen.
“It’s kind of celebrating the tradition and history of the state police over the last 100 years,” he added.
Residents also got the chance to check out forensic and tactical equipment, vehicles, firearms, and other high-tech gear troopers use during their day-to-day.
Troopers also put on demonstrations from the scuba and canine units, as well as a staged a helicopter demo.
“We had our aviation unit out here with our SORT team,” Allen said, referring to the Special Operations Response Team. “They did a fast rope rappel out of a helicopter, demonstrating what it would be like to do a recovery of an injured hiker that would be down in a gorge area or some place that you can’t easily get to.”
“They fast rope into the area, they secure the scene, they get to that injured person or victim, and they’re able to lift them back out with the helicopter and get them up to safety,” he added.
Similar events were held at state police barracks around the state Saturday.