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Meeting at DEP Police 6th Precinct in Yorktown Heights
Commissioner Christopher O. Ward of the New York City Department
of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today that the DEP
will hold a public meeting at the DEP Police’s 6th Precinct
in Yorktown Heights, at 900 Croton Lake Rd (Route 129), on July
15 at 11:00 A.M.
“This is a great chance for Westchester residents to become
more familiar with the DEP Police, our mission and our people,” said
Commissioner Ward. “At the same time, we welcome the opportunity
to learn more about the concerns of local residents and ways that
we can serve them better. There is no overriding agenda for the
meeting – the purpose is to get to know the local people
who the DEP Police are sworn to protect, and to help them get to
DEP Police Chief Ed Welch will be on hand, as will representatives
from the Detective Bureau, Intelligence Division, Canine Unit,
Emergency Services Unit, Scuba Unit and Special Operations Division
assigned to the 6th Precinct in Yorktown Heights.
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
In 2003 alone, DEP Police were called upon over 250 times to
assist other police agencies in the City’s watershed. They
also responded to over 300 traffic accidents and aided in 97 incidents
where medical assistance was necessary. This was in addition to
almost 700 environmental complaints they investigated while performing
their main duties of protecting the water supply that half the
state depends on every day.
DEP Police at the Yorktown Heights precinct help to protect the
City’s Croton water system in Westchester and Putnam Counties.
Originally put into service with the Old Croton Aqueduct in 1842,
the Croton system provides New York City with around 10 percent
of its daily water supply of 1.1 billion gallons. The system is
comprised of twelve reservoirs and controlled lakes, the most recent
of which was completed in 1911.