Acting State Police Superintendent Preston Felton is resigning.
Felton, a 26-year veteran, says in a statement he’ll retire April 4. Gov. David Paterson’s office declined to comment on a possible replacement. Felton declined to be interviewed. Next in command is Col. Pedro Perez, State Police field commander.
Last fall, following a year when a half-dozen troopers were shot, two fatally, Felton ordered officers on patrol to wear the bullet-resistant vests that previously were optional. The 4,900-member force also got other new equipment, including .45-caliber handguns that replaced the 9mm sidearms, and defibrillators and more visible emergency lights for patrol cars.
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