The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation releases weekly highlights that showcase the work of its many Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECO) across the state.
Yesterday (September 11), ECO Lt. Mark Colesante was commended for an incident in Homer on August 31, when he observed a four-door sedan travelling on Route 41A under rather unusual circumstances.
Loosely strapped to the roof of the vehicle was a four-wheeled All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV), which was unsafely hanging and also weighing the sedan down.
The driver was issued traffic tickets for unsecured load and driving an overloaded vehicle.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) enforce the 71 Chapters of NY Environmental Conservation Law (ECL), protecting fish and wildlife and preserving environmental quality across New York.
In 2018, the 288 ECOs across the state responded to 21,668 calls and worked on cases that resulted in 20,665 tickets or arrests for crimes ranging from deer poaching to solid waste dumping, illegal mining, the black market pet trade, and excessive emissions violations.
If you witness an environmental crime or believe a violation of environmental law occurred, please call the DEC Division of Law Enforcement hotline at 1-844-DEC-ECOS (1-844-332-3267).