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The New York State Park Police (NYSPP), is the law enforcement agency of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

New York State Park Police
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Agency overview
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionNew York, USA
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NYSPP districts and zones
Size54,555 square miles (141,300 km2)
Legal jurisdictionNew York State
General nature
Headquarters16 Camp Cass Road,Rensselaerville, NY 12147

Park Police Officers256
Parent agencyNew York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Zones12 Zones
Official Website


Mission of the NYSPPEdit

The New York State Park Police provides police services consistent with the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation's mission-to provide safe and enjoyable recreational opportunities for New York State residents and visitors. In addition, the New York State Park Police assist park users, make arrests, conduct criminal and non-criminal investigations, and provide emergency services. New York State Park Police also provide special services including marine law enforcement and education duties on New York waterways, snowmobile enforcement and education, and rope rescue teams.[1] New York State Park Police personnel are New York State police officers under paragraph e, subdivision 34, §1.20 of the state Criminal Procedure Law.


The New York State Park Police maintain law and order at 180 state parks and 35 state historic sites, covering nearly 335,000 acres (523 sq mi; 1,360 km2) of public lands and facilities, that are visited by over 71 million visitors each year.[2]

The New York State Park Police are divided into 4 districts and 11 zones, serving 60 of New York State's 62 counties:

  • Long Island/Metro District
    • NYC Zone [Counties served: Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, Richmond]
    • Long Island Zone [Counties served: Nassau, Suffolk]
  • Hudson Valley District
    • Palisades Zone [Counties served: Orange, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster]
    • Taconic Zone [Counties served: Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Columbia]
    • Saratoga/Capital Zone [Counties served: Albany, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, Washington]
  • Mid-State District
    • Central Zone [Counties served: Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Madison, Oswego, Oneida, Onondaga, Otsego]
    • Finger Lakes Zone [Counties served: Cayuga, Chemung, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tompkins, Tioga, Wayne, Yates]
    • Thousand Islands Zone [Counties served: Clinton, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence]
  • Western District
    • Niagara Zone [Counties served: Erie, Niagara]
    • Genesee Zone [Counties served: Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Orleans, Wyoming]
    • Allegany Zone [Counties served: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua]

The uncovered areas, Catskill Park and Adirondack Park, are patrolled by the New York State Environmental Conservation Police.

Ranks and InsigniaEdit

There are eight sworn titles (referred to as ranks) in the New York State Park Police:

Title Insignia
Park Police Officer


The uniforms of the NYSPP are very similar to those of the New York State Police. Their uniforms are a greyish blue and they wear black neckties.


The State Park Police Academy is 27 week long military style residential academy, similar to military boot camp. It is characterized by paramilitary drills, daily inspections, intense physical demands, discipline, and rigorous training. Recruits typically report to the academy each Sunday evening for the work week, and then return home for the weekend.[3]


New York State Park Police officers patrol in marked police cars, four-wheel drive vehicles, snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, bicycles, boats, personal water crafts, and in one region they ride horses.[1][4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation site
  2. ^ NYS Council of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. (January 2015). "2014 Annual Report, New York State Council of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation" (PDF). pp. 7–8.
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