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Kiwanis Honors Finger Lakes State Park Police

Friday, March 03, 2017

Instead of honoring one officer this month, the Ithaca/Cayuga Kiwanis Club presented its officer of the month award this week to an entire department.

The Finger Lakes division of the New York State Park Police received the Frank G. Hammer Award on Monday at a ceremony at Kendal at Ithaca. The award recognized the hard work and dedication of the Finger Lakes State Park Police and was accepted by Commanding Officer Lt. Thomas Fischer on behalf of his staff.

In 2016, the Finger Lakes State Park region welcomed over 4 million visitors, 1.4 million of who visited New York State Parks in Tompkins County. In addition to patrolling over 227 thousand miles across 10 counties in the Finger Lakes State Park Region, the unit also conducted marine and snowmobile patrols in parks and on water. There are 31 facilities in the Finger Lakes State Park system including gorge parks, historic sites, marinas and boat launches, lake front parks and golf courses.

Tompkins County District Attorney Matthew Van Houten praised the work of the Finger Lakes State Park Police and noted how valuable parks are for the area’s quality of life and as an economic engine.

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