Senior Investigator, New York State Police
Matthew Stegner is a Senior Investigator with the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Senior Investigator Matthew Stegner supervises six Investigators covering Erie County in New York State. He oversees all felony investigations including but not limited to sexual assault and child exploitation. His unit specializes in child exploitation investigations working with the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce. Matthew also supervises a dedicated forensic interviewer at the Erie County Child Advocacy Center. He works closely with crime victim advocates and continues to facilitate trauma-informed interviews of all crime victims. Matthew designed the Sexual Assault Investigations training module for the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation. He is a Master Instructor of general topics for the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) in New York State as well.
Matthew started his law enforcement career in 1998 as a patrolman with the City of Atlanta Police Department. In 2002, he joined the New York State Police where he served as a trooper for eleven years and an investigator for five years prior to his current role as a Senior Investigator. His career has brought many recognitions – City of Atlanta Police Department nominated him for Officer of the Year and New York State Police named him a Trooper of the Year (Troop T – SP Buffalo) five times, Investigator of the Year (Troop A) twice, and Special Recognition Investigator (Troop A) twice. He is a New York State Police Superintendent’s Commendation Award Winner and earned the F.B.I. N-Dex Award. Matthew has an Associate’s degree from Erie Community College, a Bachelor’s degree from Hilbert College and a Master’s Degree from the University at Albany all in criminal justice.
- Trauma-informed sexual assault interviews involving adults, adolescents, and college students
- Historical sexual assault investigations
- Suspect interviews and interactions
- Collaborative responses to sexual assault