PLATTSBURGH — State Trooper Pam Corey loves her job.
She graduated from the New York State Police Academy on May 28 with 192 other troopers, 35 of whom have been assigned to Troop B in the North Country.
The deadline for aspiring troopers to sign up online for the next entrance exam is Sept. 8.
Most troopers in the most recent graduating class started academy training last November. There, they underwent daily physical training, four extensive academic exams and two physical tests, Corey said.
“I think quite a few people showed up and were pretty surprised at the intensity of it all,” Trooper Johnathan Bailey said of the academy. “There were people that quit on the first night, a handful that quit within the first week, and we had 26 total that had either bailed out or quit by the end.”
He lost 20 pounds over the course of the first three months, thanks to the stringent physical program.
That group of recruits had waited about three years, through a state hiring freeze, to become members of the State Police.
Corey said female recruits are held to the same standards as the men; 20 percent of the academy class was women.
She made her first arrest as a trooper on her first day of field training, she said, for unlawful possession of marijuana that stemmed from a complaint of a domestic dispute, Corey said.
”It’s kind of nerve-wracking (to arrest someone) but at the same time, I thought it was easier because I had a field training officer with me to try to give me tips and pointers and make me aware if I was doing anything wrong,” she said.
“You do a lot of (real-life inspired) scenarios when you’re down in the academy, too, so it’s not like this is your first time using handcuffs.”