Police Survivors Program
Since 1995, the NYS Trooper Foundation has hosted a tribute weekend every fall to help the families of fallen Troopers come to terms with their loss and to find support among themselves and within the State Police “family.” The weekend is a special mix of formal presentations by experts in grief and bereavement counseling, rituals honoring the fallen loved ones, and relaxing social activities. In addition, the Foundation provides financial support for new families attending the National Police Week Memorial in Washington, DC.
Disaster Relief Program
The Disaster Relief Fund provides financial support and services to employees of the Division of State Police and their families when faced with major damage to or loss of their home, a tragic injury or illness, or a line-of-duty or off-duty death under tragic circumstances. Your contributions and those of Division members via a payroll deduction program help subsidize this valuable program.
Trooper Foundation Scholarship Program
With generous support from the Fritz & Adelaide Kauffmann Foundation, The NYS Trooper Foundation has proudly established a scholarship program for college-bound children of current State Police employees. The program offers a one-time award of $1,000 to one qualified student from each Troop, from Division Headquarters, and from each of the civilian employee unions. A total of fifteen scholarships are awarded annually on the basis of both academic achievement and financial need.
Major Equipment Acquisitions-Firearms Training Simulator
Each day, Troopers are faced with complex situations requiring the possible use of deadly force. In these situations, split-second shoot/don’t shoot decisions must be made under stress. With specialized technology like the Firearms Training Simulator, the Trooper Foundation has helped the Division of State Police ensure that all Troopers are effectively trained with the most realistic scenarios involving shoot/don’t shoot decisions. This and other vital technologies in police training are made possible through the Foundation’s Major Equipment Acquisitions Program. Past projects include:
- the First Responder First Aid Case Project
- the MiniMaglite Project
- the Academy Fitness Equipment Project
- the Electronic Total Workstation Project
- the Drone Program
The NYS Trooper Foundation supports many “special projects” addressing equipment needs of a particular Troop, station, or unit of the New York State Police. Equipment needs include:
- portable radios
- tint meters
- DWI enforcement technology
- specialized tools like airboats and laser speed guns.
The Special Projects Program is made possible through financial contributions from the private sector.