3. The Department of Environmental Protection Has its Own Police

NYC DEP Police Car

Regulating the city’s water supply is an important task and is led by the DEP Bureau of Police and Security. During its inception in 1906, the DEP Police was called the Bureau of Water Supply Police and was formed as part of the 1906 Water Supply Act. Among its tasks including controlling the fighting that arose between labor groups building the reservoirs upstate on the drowned towns.

There are seven DEP police precincts that “serve as geographic base of operations, monitor electronic security systems and dispatch forces as needed.” There are precincts located in both the “West-of-Hudson” and “East-of-Hudson” areas that protect New York City’s water supply and “the associated critical infrastructure from terrorism, pollution and crime.”