New York State trooper encourages others to join the force

August 25, 2017 12:57 AM

Trooper Lisa MacLauchlin is in her element when she’s meeting people and sharing why she thinks joining the New York State Police is a great job.

But she didn't always feel she was the woman for the job.

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“I had the vision of a police officer as somebody who is 6-feet tall, bald, and walks through the door sideways,” she said.

It took awhile and the single mom would have to make many sacrifices on the road to living her dream.

“I had a roommate in college who was an elementary school teacher," MacLauchlin said. "She agreed to take my son while I went through the academy."

Once she got the job of a patrol officer, it would mean coming to face-to-face with all kinds of troubles and memories that are sometimes hard to forget.

“Any crime involving a child, those are the things that stick with you,” MacLauchlin said.

In her eight years on patrol, she said she's learned to mix discretion as she tried to protect and serve.

“There's the ability to be an effective communicator,” she said. “You don't always have to go hands on with people in all situations.”

MacLauchlin is hoping to encourage others to join the force, which is tough considering the climate today’s society lives in.

“We have people we're trying to recruit,” she said. “They say it’s dangerous and a different time. I challenged them and said, ‘Who better to make a difference?'”

The New York State Police remind the public that the deadline to apply for the new trooper entrance examination is September 1.

More information:

New York State Police Recruitment Center


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