Law en­force­ment is the fam­ily busi­ness

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE -

A mother and daugh­ter are serv­ing as troop­ers si­mul­ta­ne­ously for the first time in the his­tory of the state po­lice.

A vet­eran state trooper and her rookie daugh­ter have be­come the first mother and daugh­ter to serve in uni­form at the same time in the nearly 100-year his­tory of the New York State Po­lice.

Mea­gan Hart­mann re­cently grad­u­ated from the State Po­lice Acad­emy, join­ing her mother, Bethany Lam­phere, as a uni­formed trooper. The mother and daugh­ter work at sep­a­rate sta­tions 60 miles apart in cen­tral New York — Lam­phere in Rem­sen, Hart­mann in Oneonta.

Lam­phere al­ready was a mother of three chil­dren, ages 6, 10 and 12, when she be­came a trooper in 2001. Her ca­reer has in­cluded a two-year stint as an in­ves­ti­ga­tor.

Hart­mann grad­u­ated from the trooper acad­emy Oct. 12, with Lam­phere pre­sent­ing her daugh­ter with her shield at the cer­e­mony in Al­bany.

The state po­lice, founded in 1917, ac­cepted its first women re­cruits in 1973.

NYSP PHOTO

Mea­gan Hart­mann, left, and her mother, Bethany Lam­phere

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