George Fletcher Chandler

Surgeon, officer in the National Guard of New York, and state police administrator.

- George Fletcher Chandler

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New York State Police

State police of the state of New York in the United States.

State police of the state of New York in the United States.

George Fletcher Chandler, the first Superintendent of the New York State Police
New York State Police building, Guilderland, New York
NY State Police unit at the scene of a motor vehicle accident, Delaware County, New York
New York State Police helicopter parked at a helipad in New York City 2020

The division's first superintendent was George Fletcher Chandler, who was appointed by Governor Charles S. Whitman.

Whitman in 1910

Charles Seymour Whitman

American lawyer who served as the 41st Governor of New York from January 1, 1915, to December 31, 1918.

American lawyer who served as the 41st Governor of New York from January 1, 1915, to December 31, 1918.

Whitman in 1910

In 1917, he commissioned the creation of the New York State Police and selected George Fletcher Chandler, a physician and major in the National Guard, to organize and head the force.

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Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

Graduate medical school of Columbia University, located at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan.

Graduate medical school of Columbia University, located at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan.

School seal
School seal
Aerial view of the Columbia University Medical Center
The original entrance to the college
Bard Hall
437 West 59th Street in 1893

George Fletcher Chandler served with the US Army Medical Corps and practiced as a physician and surgeon throughout New York in addition to organizing and serving as the first Superintendent of the New York State Police.

A large group of Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) SWAT officers in tactical gear at a Lakers parade in 2009

Militarization of police

Use of military equipment and tactics by law enforcement officers.

Use of military equipment and tactics by law enforcement officers.

A large group of Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) SWAT officers in tactical gear at a Lakers parade in 2009
A Barrie Police officer in full riot gear at the 2010 G20 Toronto summit protests
The Lenco BearCat Armored Personnel Carrier (APC)
A Survivor R in blue-silver varnish for the German NRW Police as displayed at Eurosatory 2016
Brimob troops of the Indonesian National Police
The "Anti-Bandit Gun": a 1920s advertisement of the Thompson M1921 for United States law enforcement forces
An FBI officer firing a Colt Monitor in 1936
Homeland Security armored vehicle
A U.S. police officer armed with a holographic sight-equipped M4 carbine rifle during a training exercise
The Mount Carmel Center, engulfed in flames. Waco, Texas, April 19, 1993.
Riot police at the 2009 G20 meeting in Pittsburgh
A police sniper with a sniper system provides overwatch at the Ferguson protest regarding the shooting of Michael Brown.
A police SWAT team with automatic weapons, helmets and body armor
A member of the Wichita Falls SWAT team conducts a rifle drill.
A U.S. Secret Service sniper on the roof of the White House
Rank of Icelandic National Police officers in full riot gear during the 2008 Icelandic lorry driver protests
A riot policeman sprays pepper spray at seated protesters during the WTO protests in Seattle in 1999.

George Fletcher Chandler, a veteran of the Pancho Villa Expedition and the first Superintendent of the New York State Police, was an early advocate of law enforcement officers wearing their weapons exposed on the outside of their uniforms.