Title Code 60421
Job Specifications: UPR PDF
Urban Park Rangers (UPR's) is a civil service title that comprises of two separate jobs - Park Enforcement Patrol and Urban Park Rangers.
Both PEP officers and Urban Park Rangers are designated as New York City Special Patrolmen and have the status of New York State peace officers under NYS Criminal Procedure Law, Section 2.10.
Daniel Murphy, (above) along with officer Luis Cabezas, aided in the capture of a rape suspect in Hudson River Park in September 2012. (Photo: Carl Glassman/Tribeca Trib)
Park Enforcement Patrol
Park Enforcement Patrol (PEP) officers are the city's only dedicated uniformed police for the 29,000 acres of parkland under the jurisdiction of the City Of New York/Parks & Recreation.
The Park Enforcement officers patrol the City's parks, playgrounds, 14 miles of beaches, marinas and pools, recreation centers, skating rinks enforcing all park rules and regulations, and City and State Laws. Besides daily patrol officers also participate in plainclothes details to do illegal vendor sweeps, trespassing details, stakeouts to combat dumping and vandalism. They also do homeless outreach to address the homeless population by helping to place individuals in shelters and eventually permanent housing, officers also work in the Parks Department's communication division. PEP also has a mounted unit that patrols areas of the park system on horseback that are not accessible by vehicle.
PEP officers carry handcuffs, batons, pepper spray, issue summonses, and have the authority to make arrests. Although they have the same peace officer status as the NYPD, PEP officers are not armed with a firearm.
Although PEP was created in 1981 the authorities have long recognized the importance of a uniformed police presents dedicated exclusively for park land. NY State first authorized the establishment of a park police force beginning in the 1850's with the park system's inception.
An Urban Park Ranger teaching children about native species. (Photo: Courtesy: NYC DPR)
The Urban Park Rangers (UPR)
The Urban Park Rangers connect New Yorkers to the natural world through environmental education, outdoor recreation, wildlife management and active conservation. For over 30 years the Urban Park Rangers have helping New Yorkers of all ages discover the great outdoors, and uncovering the natural wonders that exist in our vast park system.
The Urban Park Rangers are educated in history, astronomy, animals, plants, and more. As the city's chief ambassadors to nature they do a variety of public outreach including leading nature-oriented programs like walks, tree identification, night with the Stars, canoeing and camping programs and regularly work with families and school children. They also offer Summer Camp programs. Rangers also operate out of the city's nature centers.
The Rangers specialize in Birds of Prey and non domestic animals. Non domestic animals are transferred to wildlife rehabilitators. Both the Urban Park Rangers and Pep officers also rescue domestic animals in parks. Like PEP, they patrol in marked law enforcement vehicles.
Urban Park Rangers are designated as New York City Special Patrolmen and have the status of New York State peace officers under NYS Criminal Procedure Law, Section 2.10. Rangers primary function is as public educators.
Comprised of approximately 450 employees in the 1990's, the number of Park Enforcement Patrol and Urban Park Rangers have been dramatically reduced do to a lack of funding.
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