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Major Edward J. Kennedy of Buffalo to lead State Police Troop A


BATAVIA -- New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II has appointed Major Edward J. Kennedy of Buffalo, as the 24th Troop Commander of Troop A.  Major Kennedy began his career in the State Police on Oct. 2, 1989 when he entered the New York State Police Academy.  Major Kennedy has served most of his career in the Western New York area.

In 1999, he was promoted to Investigator and worked out of SP Wellsville.  In 2002, he was promoted to Senior Investigator and assigned to SP Jamestown.

In 2007, he was promoted to Lieutenant of the Bureau of Criminal Investigations and assigned to SP Farmingdale, Long Island.  After seven months in Long Island he was reassigned to Professional Standards Bureau Western region which covers Troops A, E.  After a few months he was reassigned to SP Jamestown as the Uniform Lieutenant. In April of 2009, he was assigned to SP Batavia as the Lieutenant of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

He was reassigned to acting Zone 3 Commander (Jamestown area) in 2012 and promoted to Captain of Zone 3, Troop A in 2013. The following year, he was reassigned to Troop T, SP Buffalo as Captain which covers the Thruway from Rochester to the Erie PA line.

Major Kennedy’s appointment to Troop A Commander was effective July 13, 2017.  He replaces Major Steven Nigrelli who promoted to Staff Inspector of Professional Standards Bureau- Western region.

As the Troop A Commander, Kennedy will oversee the State Police operations in the 8 counties of Western New York including Niagara, Orleans, Erie, Genesee, Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany.  Over 430 civilian and sworn members are under Major Kennedy’s command.

Major Kennedy grew up in the Buffalo area and is a 1985 graduate of Buffalo State College.  He is married and has three children.