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A Press Release from The PBA of NYS Acknowledges the Work of NYS Park Police Officers on Long Island

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Editor’s Note: At 10:40 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 23, NYS Park Police Officers patrolling on foot were nearly struck by a car while working the Barclay’s PGA golf tournament at Bethpage State Park while observing a female driving erratically. After a brief vehicle pursuit, officers pulled the car over and determined the driver to be impaired on a substance other than alcohol. Two children between 4 and 8 years old were in the car at the time. Under New York’s Leandra’s Law, it is a felony to drive impaired with a child under the age of 15 in the vehicle.


Statement attributable to Manny Vilar, PBA of NYS vice president and park police sergeants director:

“On behalf of the PBA of New York State, I want to congratulate Police Officers Matthew Salvatore and Joseph Maestre for their keen observations, for protecting all park patrons and for eventually getting this woman off the road and into custody.

Crowds are very large at PGA golf tournaments, even on Tuesday’s when players often play practice rounds. The situation, quite obviously, could have been much worse.

This event punctuates the fact that crimes in state parks often mirror those in the general community, Members of the public must be diligent while enjoying New York’s parks, and police officers must be prepared for all events.

Thanks again to Officers Salvatore and Maestre for their good work.”

The PBA of New York State is the exclusive bargaining agent for the New York State University (SUNY) Police, the New York State Environmental Conservation Police, the New York State Park Police, and the New York State Forest Rangers. Our members police and protect New York State’s public universities and colleges; state parks and historic sites; and they enforce state laws and protect our lands and forests and ensure environmental safety and quality throughout the state.