New York City Department of Sanitation Police

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New York City Department of Sanitation Police
Common name NYC Sanitation Police, DSNY Police
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Patch of the New York City Department of Sanitation Police
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Shield of the New York City Department of Sanitation Police
Agency overview
Formed 1936
Preceding agency Municipal Law Enforcement
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* City of New York in the state of New York, United States
Map of New York Highlighting New York City.svg
Map of New York City Department of Sanitation Police's jurisdiction.
Size 468.9 square miles (1,214 km2)
Population 8,274,527
Legal jurisdiction New York state
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Brooklyn, NY
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 is the law enforcement arm of the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY), primarily responsible for investigating sanitation-related offenses, among other duties, within and concerning the City of New York.


Numbering approximately 130 officers, lieutenants, inspectors and chiefs, the Sanitation Police is made up of sanitation workers and supervisors who have applied to undertake law enforcement duties. Sanitation Peace Officers retain their original civil service title as (Sanitation worker) while assigned to this division.

Training and Typical Equipment[edit]

Upon successfully undergoing sixteen weeks of law enforcement education and training, graduates are granted New York State Peace Officer status. Sanitation Officers carry a firearm after being issue a handgun permit by the New York City Police Department's pistol licensing section and are also equipped with handcuffs, pepper spray, and batons, radios and other related law enforcement/public safety equipment.

Once officers complete the four-month training academy, they undergo on-the-job field training with experienced personnel before being issued assignments.

Officers also undergo yearly training to keep up with current laws and procedures and to re-qualify on previous qualifications.

Power and authority[edit]

Sanitation Law Enforcement Officers are New York State Peace Officers as per the Section 2.10 sub 59 of the New York State Criminal Procedure Law which gives them limited powers to make arrests, use physical and deadly physical force, Sanitation peace officers enforce sanitation provisions within the NYC Administrative Code (including illegal dumping), issue criminal court summonses, environmental control board summonses, and vehicle and traffic law summonses.


Patrolling both in uniform and in plainclothes, Sanitation Peace Officers have responsibilities ranging from summonsing residents for mixing recyclable and non-recyclable trash to investigating the illegal dumping of refuse, commercial and toxic waste. One notable example occurred in 1996, when Environmental Enforcement Officers assisted the New York City Police Department 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 detectives from the New York City Police Department for aggravated manslaughter.


There are a number of divisions within the Sanitation Police, with each division handling different law enforcement functions:

  • The Citywide Illegal Dumping Task Force headed by Inspector Desmond McNamee.
  • The Environmental Enforcement 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.

Officers of the Sanitation Police are also assigned to the New York City Business Integrity Commission and the New York City Office of Emergency Management.[1][2]

See also[edit]


NYC Sanitation Police RMP

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