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Cortland Native Graduates From New York State Parks Police Academy

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Governor Cuomo yesterday (April 18) congratulated 39 graduates from the 16th Basic School of the New York State Parks Police Academy, including a man originally from Cortland.

Officer Dustin Morris will now head to his assignment down in the Long Island/Metro area.

He and the other new officers are assigned to regional commands throughout the state to serve in some of New York’s 180 parks and 35 state historic sites, which attract more than 74 million visitors each year.

The 39 recruits completed a six-month residential training program at the State Park Police Academy in Rensselaerville, Albany County, which consisted of classroom education in Criminal Procedure Law, Penal Law, Vehicle and Traffic Law, Park and Recreation Law, criminal investigations and a host of other police related topics.

In addition, the recruits received hands-on training in firearms, first response, snowmobile operation, ATV operation, emergency vehicle operation and a wide variety of other law enforcement related topics. 

The new officers will begin a 10-week field training program where they will receive supervised training from senior officers, followed by assignment to patrol responsibilities.

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