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NYS seeking new parks police officers ahead of centennial

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The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) has announced the search for its newest class of Park Police Officer Trainees.

As State Parks anticipates celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2024, it aims to bolster its force to protect the record 79 million annual visitors that frequent its recreational spaces. Applicants passionate about state service, outdoor spaces, and ensuring public safety can apply until September 30, 2023. Commissioner Erik Kulleseid emphasized the agency’s dedication to the 30×30 initiative, targeting 30 percent female recruits by 2030, striving for a force representative of the state’s diverse populace.

In May, 32 officers graduated from the State Park Police Academy and were stationed across various New York State Parks and Historic Sites. The rigorous training program for recruits covers a spectrum of law enforcement subjects, from criminal investigations to snowmobile operation. Assistant Director of Park Police, Colonel Michael Daddona, championed the role, citing its challenges and rewards. He stated, “Our Park Police are relied upon to help people during extreme weather events, conduct criminal investigations and enforce laws on New York State’s waterways and trails.” The officers, who abide by the core values of P.R.I.D.E. (Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Dedication, and Excellence), provide safety for both residents and visitors to State Parks and Historic Sites.

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