PLEASANT VALLEY—Major Robin H. Benziger, a Columbia County resident, has been appointed as troop commander of Troop K, State Police announced in a press release, November 7.
Major Benziger is a 30-year veteran of the State Police who began her career as a trooper in Troop K, where she patrolled in Fishkill, Rhinebeck and Claverack.
In 1989, she earned the permanent rank of sergeant and transferred to Troop B, Plattsburgh. In 1990, Major Benziger returned to Troop K where she was stationed as a sergeant in Brewster and Poughkeepsie.
In 1993, Major Benziger became the first woman to hold a uniformed command position in the history of the State Police when she received the permanent rank of lieutenant and transferred to Troop D, New Hartford as a zone commander. Following her promotion to lieutenant in Troop D, she was assigned to serve as assistant detail commander of Governor George E. Pataki’s personal security detail.
In 1996, Major Benziger was promoted to the rank of captain and served as assistant director of training at the New York State Police Academy and also as zone commander in Troop G, Fonda. In 2002, Major Benziger returned to Troop K as zone commander of Zone One, Livingston.
In another first, she advanced to the rank of major in 2008 and was subsequently appointed as the director of training for the New York State Police, the first woman in the 96-year history of the organization to hold this prestigious position.
Major Benziger will serve as the first woman troop commander of Troop K, one of the first five original troops of the New York State Police.
“I am honored to be returning as the Troop Commander to the Troop where I began my career 30 years ago. Although I have had assignments in three other Troops, I have always considered Troop K to be my home,” Major Benziger said in the release. Major Benziger will bring immeasurable and diverse experience as she takes the helm as the estimated 27th Troop Commander of Troop K, according to the release.
A graduate of the FBI National Academy, Major Benziger holds an associate in applied science degree in registered nursing, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, and a master’s degree in public administration.