Law enforcement is the family business
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.
Meagan Hartmann, left, and her mother, Bethany Lamphere