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 Peace 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 responsibility 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 Public Health Law, New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law, and the New York State Penal Law.
Numbering approximately 130 Peace officers, lieutenants, inspectors and chiefs, the DSNY Police force is made up of regular sanitation personnel are specially chosen from a list of Department employed applicants who have volunteered to undertake law enforcement duties.
After undergoing sixteen weeks of intense training, officers are sworn in as New York State Peace Officers, carry firearms with approval from the New York City Police department pistol license section, handcuffs, pepper spray, and batons.
Once officers complete the four-month Sanitation Peace officer Training Academy, officers then undergo 400 hours of on the job field training as a Sanitation Peace officer trainee with an experienced Sanitation Peace officer before being issued assignments.
Sanitation Officers continue yearly training to keep up with current laws and procedures and to requalify on all previous qualifications.
Power and Authority
New York City Sanitation Peace officer are NYS peace officer's as per NYS CPL, and are authorized to make arrests, issue summonses, use physical and deadly physical force, and undertake sanitation and dumping investigative responsibilities.
Operations & Notable Investigations
Patrolling both in uniform and in plainclothes, Sanitation Peace 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 Peace 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 Peace officers for unlawful disposal of a toxic substance.
On March 15, 1994 two NYC Sanitation Peace Officers were first on the scene to when 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 Peace 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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