Corbitt also made a dozen promotions during the event, including naming Pedro Perez as the first Hispanic first deputy superintendent. Corbitt himself is the first African-American State Police superintendent (his predecessor Preston Felton is also African-American, but he was interim superintendent.)
Aftewards, Corbitt took questions from reporters about the ongoing investigation by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo about whether there has been a “rogue unit” within the State Police conducting political attacks on state leaders.
“During my tenure in the State Police I have never heard of a rogue unit, never received any information and I talked to several superintendents and they have shared the same opinion,” he said.
Corbitt, who joined the department in 1978, continued, “I donâ€™t believe thereâ€™s a rogue unit, but thatâ€™s what investigations do. They uncover the truth. So Iâ€™m going to leave that to the AGâ€™s report.”
Corbitt, 60, said his office has conducted an internal review of police policies and procedures and will release the findings this week.
He also addressed the recent unrelated suicides of two State Police officials, saying “Whenever we lose a person in the State Police, everyone grieves. But weâ€™re also an agency thatâ€™s used to catastrophic events and we recover.”