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July 30, 2001

Contact: Geoff Ryan (718/595-6600)

DEP Emergency Phones Connect With Delaware County Sheriff Office

Commissioner Joel A. Miele Sr., P.E., of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today that emergency telephones have been installed at DEP's Beerston and Downsville Police Precincts. The phones, which are located at the entrances to the precincts, are connected directly to the Delaware County Sheriff's Office in Delhi.

"DEP Police are on the job 24 hours a day, seven days a week," said Commissioner Miele, "but sometimes officers are on patrol and no staff members are at the precinct station. People seeking police assistance at a precinct, when the office is closed, can remove the receiver from the cradle of the phone at the entrance and a call is automatically made to the Delaware County Sheriff's Dispatch Office. The dispatcher can immediately notify appropriate law enforcement personnel so that assistance can be expedited."

Commissioner Miele continued, "I want to thank Sheriff Mills for helping DEP Police implement this important public service."

The Beerston Precinct is located near the Cannonsville Reservoir on New York State Route 10, across from Beers Brook Road and approximately five miles south of the Village of Walton. The Downsville Precinct is located below the Pepacton Reservoir Dam, just off New York State Route 30 at the eastern end of Downsville.


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Flushing, NY 11373

(718) 595-6600