Gov. Andrew Cuomo reported Friday the graduation of 30 Environmental Conservation Police Officers and 14 Forest Rangers from the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s 22nd Basic School for Uniformed Officers. The 44 new officials got their recognitions in a proper function at the Expo Center at the state Fairgrounds in Syracuse.
“Forest Rangers and Environmental Conservation Police Officers work in communities across the state to protect and preserve New York’s abundant natural resources,” Governor Cuomo said. “I congratulate the men and women who graduated today and am confident these officers will carry on New York’s rich tradition of environmental stewardship as they protect the health and safety of New Yorkers and visitors alike.”
The school started May 19 and ran for 29 weeks at the DEC Office of Public Protection’s Training Academy in Pulaski, Oswego County, situated along the Salmon River. Preparing and coursework included Environmental Conservation Law, criminal methodology, vehicle and transit regulations, physical molding, guns, natural life distinguishing proof, crisis vehicle tasks, search and salvage, land route, drifting and rapidly spreading fire concealment.
DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos stated, “New York’s Environmental Conservation Police Officers and Forest Rangers have been serving on the front lines since the late 1800s, protecting New York’s environment, natural resources, and communities.”
In 2020, the DEC will stamp a basic achievement for the eventual fate of Ranger and ECO preparing, perceiving the inheritance of these two open assurance powers. Following DEC’s securing of the previous Cleveland Elementary School in Oswego County prior this year, the office will fill in as the future home of the fundamental preparing foundation for ECOs and Forest Rangers. Also, ECOs will praise the 140th commemoration since the foundation of New York’s first Fish and Game Protectors in 1880. Timberland Rangers will be celebrating a long time since their forerunners, Fire Wardens, initially started watching New York’s Adirondack and Catskill backwoods jelly.
ECOs, initially called Game Protectors, were first designated in 1880 and embrace activities going from exploring deer poaching and checking angling licenses on neighborhood conduits to directing reconnaissance on corporate compound dumping. Over the state in 2018, ECOs reacted to in excess of 21,668 calls and gave in excess of 20,665 tickets.
DEC Division of Law Enforcement Director Bernard Rivers stated, “This extensive and rigorous 29-week training course prepares our recruits to face a diverse workload of cases in both general law enforcement and environmental law.”
Initially known as Fire Wardens, Forest Rangers were set up in 1885 with the making of the Forest Preserve. Their obligations center around ensuring state terrains and woods and incorporate inquiry and salvage missions, out of control fire concealment and instructing people in general on the protected utilization of state lands.
DEC Division of Forest Protection Director Eric Lahr stated, “DEC’s Forest Rangers are entrusted to protect New York’s vast natural resources and the people who come from near and far to enjoy them. The men and women we celebrate today have learned the essential skills necessary to provide public safety and enforce state environmental laws both in the mountainous backcountry and in communities across the state.”
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