CAPITAL REGION — State Police Troop G has a new commander, Captain R. Christopher West, State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett announced.
West, who is being promoted to acting major, is replacing Major Robert E. Patnaude, who has been appointed acting staff inspector assigned to field command — Bureau of Crimal Investigation, which oversees significant criminal investigations statewide.
West has been a state trooper since 1990, and has served as a uniformed trooper in Troops G and K. In 1996, while stationed as a trooper at Troop G headquarters in Loudonville, West joined the special operation response team, then known as the mobile response team.
He achieved the rank of sergeant in 2001 and worked in Troop L, and as a non-commissioned officer at the State Police Academy in Albany. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2009, and served on the special operations response team. In 2016, he was assigned to Troop G as a uniformed lieutenant, and worked in the Schodack and Fonda stations.
In July 2017, West was promoted to captain and assigned to the professional standards bureau, and was later appointed a Troop G zone commander.
West was born and raised in the city of Albany, and currently resides in the town of Colonie with his wife and two children. He is a 1989 graduate of Wagner College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and excelled as a student athlete. He was a member of the school’s 1987 National Championship football team and in 2015, he was inducted into Wagner College’s Hall of Fame in honor of his contributions to the sport.
“I want to thank the Superintendent for this opportunity, and for the confidence that he has shown in choosing me for one of the most prestigious and honorable positions in the New York State Police, I am truly humbled,” West said in a promotion announcement. “I plan on working with my staff to continue our strong tradition of service and adherence to the core values that have been instilled in us as troopers.”
Troop G has 24 stations, covering 10 counties Albany, Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Washington, and Warren.