New York State Police appoints first Black woman captain

BY Preta Peace Namasaba March 19, 2024 9:36 AM EDT
Trenee Young. Photo credit: New York State Police

The New York State Police has promoted Lieutenant Trenee Young to Captain, Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Troop NYC. She is the first African American woman in the 107-year history of the New York State Police to earn the rank of Captain. Her appointment is effective immediately.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be the first African-American female Captain in the history of the New York State Police. I stand on the shoulders of those who inspired and encouraged me, those who mentored me, and those who challenged me to never give up.  I am humbled by the opportunity to pave the way for those who will come behind. Leadership has been defined in different ways by many, but the underlying theme is to set an example that others want to follow,” Captain Young said in a statement.

This is Young’s second historic appointment. She was promoted to Lieutenant in 2021, becoming the first Black woman in the New York State Police to earn the permanent rank of Lieutenant. She was then assigned to the Professional Standards Bureau-South Regional Office and served in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Troop K.

Young trained in the State Police Academy in 2007 and was assigned to Troop K in Somers. She served Westchester County for eight years until she was promoted to Sergeant in 2016. She was then assigned to Troop L, SP Farmingdale and transferred back to Troop K in 2020. Shortly thereafter, Young was promoted to Sergeant/Station Commander and assigned to SP Cortlandt.

Young is an inspiration for others pursuing their highest ambitions. She is a symbol of diverse leadership in the force and hopes to lead by example.

“I send my sincere congratulations to Captain Young on becoming the first African American female in the history of the State Police to earn this prestigious rank. Captain Young has shown remarkable commitment to serving the people of New York honorably, with dignity and the highest moral character. I have the utmost confidence that she will continue to provide excellent service to all in her new role. This is a well-deserved milestone in Captain Young’s career,” said Steven G. James, New York State Police Acting Superintendent.