New York State Police

Gun violence raging, Hempstead PD calls for backup

By GREGORY ZELLER // With bullets and Second Amendment battles ricocheting around the nation, one Long Island village where gun violence is a too-frequent reality is getting some much-needed reinforcements. Trumpeting both increased manpower and new technological advances, Gov. Andrew Cuomo appeared in the Village of Hempstead Tuesday to announce short- and long-term strategies for policing in the village, where the gun problem is “not unique,” the governor lamented, “but may be worse” than in…


NY State Police deploy first unmanned aerial drones

By GREGORY ZELLER // Look out above: The first-ever New York State Police aerial drones are online and on the job. Albany announced Wednesday the official launch of the new State Police Unmanned Aerial System program, with remote rangers swooping into action above numerous Western, Central, Southern and Capital Region counties. Four drones are scheduled to take flight this month – one each for State Police Troops A, D, F and G – with 14…