Troy Police honors first Black officer

First Black Troy Police officer honored

First Black Troy Police officer honored

The city of Troy on Friday honored one of its most historic police officers.

In 1955, Samuel Moses became the first African-American police officer in the city.

He was born and raised and Georgia and served with the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He moved to Troy in 1949.

β€œHe paved the way for so many people – not just the Black community, but folks like myself, minority women and minorities all across the city and the Capital Region,” said Mayor Carmella Mantello.

After retiring from the police department, Moses served as a ward leader in Albany. He also was a bus driver for CDTA for 18 years.

He died in 2019.