Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

NYS Park Police

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The New York State Park Police provide essential 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.

Currently the following positions make up the core of the NY State Park Police unit: (select the title for a complete description of each position, including qualifications):

Park Police Officers (select the title for additional information, including the status of the latest recruiting process)
State Park Police officers are permanent full-time Police Officer positions and appointment is made after a competitive process that includes a NYS Civil ServiceLeaving New York State Parks exam. State Park Police officers patrol in marked police cars, four-wheel drive vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, bicycles, boats, personal water crafts, and in one region, horses, as well as on foot. In addition, State Park Police assist park users, make arrests, conduct criminal and non-criminal investigations, and provide emergency services. State Park Police also provide special services including marine law enforcement and education duties on New York waterways, snowmobile enforcement and education, high angle and swift water rescue teams.

Seasonal Park and Recreation Public Safety Rangers Qualifications (pdf)
The New York State Park Police hire seasonal State Parks and Recreation Public Safety Rangers (PSR). PSR's provide general public safety services throughout the State in support of the State Park Police. This is a seasonal-only position, generally from late May to Labor Day. Public Safety Rangers are subject to the provisions of the Security Guard Act of 1993, are unarmed and have neither peace nor police officer status. PSR's will be assigned to patrol park facilities and grounds, maintain order, enforce park ordinances/regulations, and answer questions from park patrons. On a situational basis, PSR's may also assist with search and rescue operations and marine patrol.

Persons interested in seasonal employment as a Public Safety Ranger with the New York State Park Police are encouraged to contact the Recruiting Officer at one of the Park Police District Headquarters listed below for additional information.


NYS Park Police
Albany, New York 12238

  • Long Island/Metro – (631) 321-3700 (Nassau, Suffolk, NYC)
  • Hudson Valley – (845) 786-2781 (Palisades, Taconic, Saratoga/Capital)
  • Mid-State – (315) 492-6422 (Central, Finger Lakes, Thousand Islands)
  • Western New York - (716) 278-1777 (Niagara, Genesee, Allegany)
  • Division Headquarters - Albany - (518) 474-4029