FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE00-37
York City DEP Appoints New Director Of Police
Commissioner Joel A. Miele Sr., P.E., of the New York City Department
of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today that Robert T. Varieur
has been appointed as Director of DEP Police. Mr. Varieur will supervise
all police operations in the watershed areas of the City's upstate
reservoirs. He will also coordinate enforcement efforts with DEP's
Watershed Inspectors, as well as DEP and Corporation Counsel attorneys.
Miele (r) swears in new police chief Robert T. Varieur.
"Director Varieur recently retired in the rank of Deputy Inspector
from the New York City Police Department (N.Y.P.D.) after twenty years
of service," said Commissioner Miele. "Starting out as a
rookie Police Officer, he rose through the ranks, taking on increasingly
challenging assignments. For the last several years, he has served
with distinction as Commanding Officer of the 20th and 33rd Precincts
in Manhattan. He has developed effective community relations programs,
devised strategies to reduce crime, and created training materials
that have been adopted for use by the N.Y.P.D. His experience and
training make Mr. Varieur an excellent selection for this important
position, and I am very pleased to make this appointment."
Mr. Varieur has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice
and Police Administration from the State University of New York. He
lives in Rockland County with his wife and two children.
DEP's Police Department currently consists of 128 Police Officers
and support staff, and will soon reach a full complement of 142. Police
Officers are assigned to Environmental Enforcement Units or Patrol
Divisions and operate out of six police precincts across the watershed.
As announced in July, DEP will build five new precinct buildings in
the West-of-Hudson watersheds, starting in the fall.
The watersheds of the City's 19 reservoirs and three controlled lakes
covers 1,969 square miles in eight counties on both sides of the
Hudson River Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster
in the Catskill Region, and Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester Counties
east of the Hudson. DEP is responsible for operating and protecting
the City's water supply system, one of the largest in the world, which
serves nearly eight million residents of the City and one million
people in Westchester, Putnam, Orange and Ulster Counties, as well
as the millions of tourists and commuters who visit the City every