The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Division of Law Enforcement enforces the 71 chapters of New York state’s Environmental Conservation Law (ECL), protecting fish and wildlife and preserving environmental quality across New York.
On Jan. 21, Gov. Kathy Hochul held a recognition event honoring individuals “who went above and beyond in helping residents during the blizzard that hit Western New York in December.” Officers in DEC’s division of law enforcement (DLE) joined emergency personnel from the region during the height of the storm to save lives and protect property throughout the holiday weekend.
DLE members attending “due to their integral roles in storm operations,” included Director Przyklek, Lt. Ward, Lt. Bobseine, and ECOs Holzle and Damrath.
DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said, "DEC environmental conservation police officers and Investigators work hard each day to serve their communities, protect our precious natural resources, and safeguard public health, while ensuring those who break the state’s stringent Environmental Conservation Laws are held accountable. In partnership with local, state and federal law enforcement, DEC looks forward to continuing to support the work our ECOs perform in every corner of New York.”