Honoring Troy’s first black police officer


TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Officer Samuel Moses, Shield # 151, lived from 1925 to 2019. Service, trust, professionalism, that’s the motto of the Troy Police Department, where in 1955 he became their first black officer. Officials in Troy no matter their rank and file, came to commemorate Moses’s service.

His granddaughter Nikkia, recalled an interesting call he had…allegedly! “We’re not sure if it’s true, but he would share that he fired a single shot, and the bullet hit both suspects, allowing him to capture the men single-handedly!” Nikkia said to a laughing crowd.

The World War II veteran left Troy PD around a decade later, but ever the serviceman he went on to drive CDTA buses for 18 years. Nearly 70 years later, Anthony Conyers stands as the first black captain in the T–PD.

“You have to recognize your past to recognize where you’re going. He was a trailblazer to me. He opened the doors for all those who followed after him” Conyers told reporters.

“I am proud of Sam Moses, his service to the TPD, and it’s because of pioneers like Sam Moses, that we now have a much more diverse police department,” said Troy Chief of Police Dan De Wolf.

So how is the department doing on diversity today? Officials tell NEWS10 of the 136 officers at Troy PD, 8 are Black, and 4 are Latino. 124 of those officers are male and 12 are female.

Conyers says diversity makes all the difference, especially when it comes to inspiring more youth of color to enter the force.

“It definitely is a value, especially with young children just being able to reflect seeing an officer just makes it all the more achievable” Conyers added.

Speaking of legacy, Moses left behind 13 children, 28 grandchildren, 42 great-grandkids, and 12 great-great-grandchildren.


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