DEP swears in 26 news officers | Environment
Environmental Protection Agency Commissioner Carter Strickland today presided over the graduation of 26 new officers from the DEP's Environmental Police Academy.
The Academy, launched in 2002, is the first of its kind in the nation to provide training, experience, and concentrated course work in advanced environmental laws.
Graduates successfully completed 31 weeks of instruction during which they received intense training in counter terrorism, the environment, police science, the use of firearms, and defensive tactics.
DEP officers protect the water supply of New York City as well as thousands of square miles of watershed lands in NYS.