New York State Park Police

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New York State Park Police
Abbreviation NYSPP
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Patch of the New York State Park Police
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Flag of the State of New York
Agency overview
Formed 1885
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* State of New York, USA
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NYSPP districts and zones
Size 54,555 square miles (141,300 km2)
Population 19,297,729
Legal jurisdiction New York State
General nature
Specialist jurisdiction Environment, parks, and-or heritage property.
Operational structure
Park Police Officers 256
Parent agency New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Zones 11 Zones
Official Website
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The New York State Park Police (NYSPP), is the law enforcement agency of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Mission of the NYSPP[edit]

The New York State Park Police provides police services consistent with the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation's mission-to provide safe and enjoyable recreational opportunities for New York State residents and visitors. In addition, the New York State Park Police assist park users, make arrests, conduct criminal and non-criminal investigations, and provide emergency services. New York State Park Police also provide special services including marine law enforcement and education duties on New York waterways, snowmobile enforcement and education, and rope rescue teams.[1] New York State Park Police personnel are New York State police officers under paragraph e, subdivision 34, §1.20 of the state Criminal Procedure Law.


The New York State Park Police maintain law and order at 180 state parks and 35 state historic sites, covering nearly 335,000 acres (523 sq mi; 1,360 km2) of public lands and facilities, that are visited by over 62 million visitors each year.[2]

The New York State Park Police are divided into 4 districts and 11 zones, serving 60 of New York State's 62 counties:

  • Long Island/Metro District
    • NYC Zone [Counties served: Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, Richmond]
    • Long Island Zone [Counties served: Nassau, Suffolk]
  • Hudson Valley District
    • Palisades Zone [Counties served: Orange, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster]
    • Taconic Zone [Counties served: Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Columbia]
    • Saratoga/Capital Zone [Counties served: Albany, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, Washington]
  • Mid-State District
    • Central Zone [Counties served: Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Madison, Oswego, Oneida, Onondaga, Otsego]
    • Finger Lakes Zone [Counties served: Cayuga, Chemung, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tompkins, Tioga, Wayne, Yates]
    • Thousand Islands Zone [Counties served: Clinton, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence]
  • Western District
    • Niagara Zone [Counties served: Erie, Niagara]
    • Genesee Zone [Counties served: Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Orleans, Wyoming]
    • Allegany Zone [Counties served: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua]

The uncovered areas, Catskill Park and Adirondack Park, are patrolled by the New York State Environmental Conservation Police.

Ranks and Insignia[edit]

There are eight sworn titles (referred to as ranks) in the New York State Park Police:

Title Insignia
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Police Officer


The uniforms of the NYSPP are very similar to those of the New York State Police. Their uniforms are a greyish blue and they wear black neckties.


New York State Park Police officers patrol in marked police cars, four-wheel drive vehicles, snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, bicycles, boats, personal water crafts, and in one region they ride horses.[1][3]

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