NEW YORK CITY REGION STATE PARKS POLICE RECEIVE AWARDS
(ALBANY, NY, June 26, 2002...) New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Bernadette Castro and State Parks Director of Law Enforcement Major Anthony Ellis today announced the recipients of the 2002 New York State Parks Police Service Awards held recently. The State Park Police Service Awards are presented annually to distinguished officers who patrol the 164 state parks and 35 state historic sites across New York.
Commissioner Castro said, "As a result of Governor Pataki’s continued commitment to our law enforcement program, millions of visitors each year experience unparalleled recreation at our state parks and historic sites, and are provided with the highest level of safety and security by our Park Police. These officers share an extraordinary commitment to public service and their courage and dedication are an inspiration to us all. Congratulations to all of you for your outstanding achievements."
Aided by Assistant Director Michael C. Daly, Major Ellis presented the Director of Law Enforcement's Commendation Award to Officers Edwin Latalladi, Marc Calcano, John Del Gardo, Lourdes Lucena, Alwyn Pindar, Gregory Whitley, and Steven Czawursky. The officers were recognized for their heroic actions in assisting residents of Battery City Park on September 11, 2001 when the areas surrounding the World Trade Center were evacuated. The State Park Police Officers were assigned to accompany residents to their apartments in order to gather personal belongings, and escorted them back to Pier 40 on the Hudson River.
Park Police maintain regular patrols, assist motorists and park users, make arrests, conduct criminal and non-criminal investigations, and provide emergency services. New York State Park Police Officers are New York State Police officers whose authority extends statewide and whose primary responsibility it is to enforce laws and provide assistance and protection at New York’s state parks and historic sites. They enforce all state and federal laws, and may be assigned to patrol by boat, ATV, snowmobile, bike, personal watercraft or foot.
The State Park Police force has been in existence and conducting patrols since 1899. Today, there are more than 225 permanent members across New York State, and another 200 part-time seasonal members.
For more information on the State Park Police, please contact the New York State Parks in Albany at (518) 474-4029.
Affiliated with National Association of Police Organizations: (NAPO) - Police Conference of New York Inc. * New York State Association of PBA's, Inc. * Western New York Police Association, Inc. * Northeastern Police Conference of New York State * Suffolk County Police Conference * Affiliated Police Association of Westchester County * Retired Police Association of the State of New York (RPA)