Troy, NY

Tactics Used

Buyer Arrests
Reverse stings
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Web stings
License suspension

The city of Troy is in the Albany area of upstate New York, and has a population of roughly 50,000.  Periodic reverse stings have been conducted in the city since at least 1997, and possibly before.  In a 1999 reverse sting, the decoys used for a street operation were female New York State Troopers.  The names, ages, and hometowns of arrestees were released to news outlets, and at least one vehicle was seized for potential forfeiture.  Subsequent reverse stings in Troy have also involved collaborations with the New York State Police, and identities and addresses of arrestees have been publicized. In August 2018, five men were arrested for Patronizing a Prostitute during a web-based prostitution sting in Troy, with undercover investigators utilizing websites and/or social media platforms to arrange meetings at locations within the town.


Key Partners

  • Troy Police Department
  • New York State Police
  • Rensselaer County District Attorney’s Office
  • Colonie Police Department

Key Sources


State New York
Type City
Population 47744
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