New York adding troopers along borders

| 8/30/2002

Gov. George Pataki Wednesday announced a plan to strengthen the state's northern borders by doubling the size of the incoming state trooper class. According to the Albany Times-Union, Pataki said 120 more troopers would be on guard along the Canadian border after the next class graduates in March 2003.

Pataki reportedly said that added security would allow the state to dedicate veteran troopers to commercial vehicle enforcement at border crossings and add patrols to homeland security efforts on the northern border.

"With the increased presence, we will do more patrolling, not just at the border, but in border areas across western New York, making sure the people of New York are the safest they can possibly be," he said.

New York state has several of the busiest border crossings along the Canadian border, among them the Champlain crossing handling 1 million passenger vehicles and 400,000 commercial vehicles per year.