New York City Department of Sanitation Police
|New York City Department of Sanitation Police|
|Common name||NYC Sanitation Police, DSNY Police|
|Patch of the New York City Department of Sanitation Police.|
|Shield of the New York City Department of Sanitation Police|
|Preceding agency||Municipal Law Enforcement|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Operations jurisdiction*||City of New York in the state of New York, United States|
|Map of New York City Department of Sanitation Police's jurisdiction.|
|Size||468.9 square miles (1,214 km2)|
|Legal jurisdiction||New York state|
|Sanitation Police Officers||Approx. 130 (2009)|
|Commissioner responsible||Kathryn Garcia|
|Agency executive||Christopher Klingler, Director of Enforcement|
|Parent agency||New York City Department of Sanitation|
|DSNY Official Site|
|* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.|
The New York City Department of Sanitation Police (colloquially, "Sanitation Police" or "San Cop") are New York State Peace Officers as per section 2.10 of the New York State Criminal Procedure Law and are the law enforcement arm of the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY). Even though its primary resposibilty is to enforce the Sanitation Provisions of the New York City Administrative Code, officers are however authorized to enforce other laws and regulations, including other provisions under the New York City Administrative Code, New York State Vehicle & Traffic Law, and the New York State Penal Law.
Numbering approximately 130 officers, lieutenants, inspectors and chiefs, the DSNY Police force is made up of sworn sanitation personnel who are specially chosen from a list of Department employed applicants to undertake specialized law enforcement duties.
Once officers complete the four-month Sanitation Police Training Academy, officers then undergo 400 hours of on the job field training as a Sanitation Police officer trainee with an experienced Sanitation Police officer before being issued assignments.
Officers continue yearly training to keep up with current laws and procedures and to requalify on all previous qualifications.
Operations & Notable Investigations
Patrolling both in uniform and in plainclothes, Sanitation Police officers' responsibilities range from ticketing residents for mixing recyclable and non-recyclable trash to investigating the illegal dumping of garbage, commercial and toxic waste. In 1996, Sanitation Police officers assisted the NYPD with investigating the death of a sanitation worker who was killed when he was struck in the face by deadly hydrofluoric acid that was mixed with ordinary garbage. The suspect was arrested by Sanitation Police officers for unlawful disposal of a toxic substance.
On March 15, 1994 two NYC Sanitation Police Officers came to aid and were first on the scene to a call of officer shot. NYPD Police Officer Sean McDonald was shot and killed while attempting to arrest two suspects for the robbery of a clothing store. The suspects were arrested two days later by detectives. *  NY Times Article May 17, 1994 Citation Verified
There are many divisions of Sanitation Police officers with each division handling different law enforcement functions:
- The Citywide Illegal Dumping Task Force headed by Inspector Kenneth Dombrowski.
- The Environmental Police Unit - Assigned to the enforcement of the illegal transportation, removal, and disposal of asbestos, low-level radioactive, medical and hazardous waste.
- Permit and Inspection Unit - Handles enforcement of NYC Rules and Regulations of permitted transfer stations, the detection and closure of illegal transfer stations, as well as seizing and impounding the equipment of such unlawful activity, and citywide private carter truck enforcement.
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- PEOPLE, & C., RESPONDENT, v. TYRONE POWELL, APPELLANT FOR 2nd Degree Murder for DUMPING DEAD GIRLFRIEND IN A BARREL IN A MANHATTAN LOT.
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