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02/12/2009
In Celebration of Black History Month – Harry Corbitt, Superintendent of NYS Police To Speak

CONTACT: Paula Monaco or Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Thursday, February 12, 2009

WHO: Presentation by Colonel Harry Corbitt, Superintendent of the New York State Police for Hudson Valley Community College’s celebration of Black History Month
WHAT: “The Keys to Success and African Americans in Law Enforcement”
WHEN:

Friday, Feb. 13, 2009
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

WHERE:

Hudson Valley Community College Campus
Siek Campus Center, Exhibition Room 2nd Floor
www.hvcc.edu/campusmap

DETAILS:

About Colonel Corbitt:
Colonel Corbitt was a member of the New York State Police for more than 25 years before his retirement in 2004. He joined the New York State Police in 1978 and served as a State Trooper in Troop E until 1984. In 1984, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and served as Non-Commissioned Officer in charge of the Basic School at the State Police Academy. In 1988, he was appointed to the position of Zone Sergeant. Colonel Corbitt was then promoted to the position of Lieutenant and served with the Traffic Services Section at Division Headquarters and the State Police Academy. He was then promoted to Captain in 1991 and Major in 1993. As Major, he was the commanding officer of Troop T of the New York State Thruway. In 1994, Corbitt was promoted again, becoming Staff Inspector for Employee Relations focusing on the issue of racial profiling. He also served as Lieutenant Colonel and rose to the rank of Colonel when he became the Deputy Superintendent for Employee Relations in 1997. In 2001 Colonel began serving as the Deputy Superintendent in charge of the Internal Affairs Bureau until he retired in 2004. Prior to this appointment he was head of security for the Albany City School District. From 1966 to 1972, Colonel Corbitt also served in the United States Army in the Military Intelligence Division. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Achievement in Ground Operations Against Hostile Forces.