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DEP Police Precinct Opens In Olive
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today
marked the opening of the Department’s new police precinct stationhouse
in Olive with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new building on Route 28A
near the headworks of the Ashokan Reservoir.
Continuing its partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers following
security threats related to the September 11th attacks, the Corps performed
the bulk of the design work for the new building and acted as construction
manager for the project.
“The new precinct at Olive will allow us to better serve the region
and to react more quickly to any threats to the water supply,” said
Commissioner Ward. “We also work closely with local law enforcement
agencies throughout the watershed to supplement the important work they
do. We look forward to our continued cooperation with Ulster County officials
to maintain a safe, secure and clean environment.”
The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a Community Day
at the precinct on December 6 from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Refreshments
will be served as local residents get to meet officers and members of
the DEP Division of Environmental Police. Representatives from the police
canine unit, emergency services unit, scuba unit and detective bureau
will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about the
unique mission of “environmental policing.”
The new $4.2 million, one-story, brick precinct stationhouse will house
the DEP Police West of Hudson Command Center and the Environmental Enforcement
Division’s 4th Precinct, including the Detective Bureau, the Emergency
Services Unit and Strategic Patrol. Approximately 26 environmental police
officers and one civilian staff member will be assigned to the building,
which will be manned 24-hours-a-day.
Olive is the second of five new police precinct stationhouses the DEP
is dedicating. Last month a new precinct house was dedicated in Grahamsville
in Sullivan County. Other facilities are scheduled to open soon in Beerston,
Gilboa and Downsville.
The DEP Police has over 200 environmental police officers serving in
New York City and nine watershed counties. Charged primarily with protecting
the water supply that nine million New Yorkers rely on every day, the
DEP Police also supplement local police agencies in their day-to-day activities
of community service and public protection.