IACP Congratulates the Winner of the 2014 Dave Cameron Award for Excellence in Environmental Crimes Enforcement and Education

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October 30, 2014

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IACP Congratulates the Winner of the 2014 Dave Cameron Award for
Excellence in Environmental Crimes Enforcement and Education

Alexandria, VA –The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) offers its congratulations to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Bureau of Environmental Crimes Investigation for receiving this year's IACP Environmental Crimes Committee Chief Dave Cameron Award for Excellence in Environmental Crimes Enforcement and Education. The award recognizes a law enforcement agency for its efforts in environmental crimes enforcement and education.

The award honors David Cameron, chief of police in Jackson, Wyoming, from 1992 until his death in April 2001. Through his professionalism, dedication, and personality, Dave Cameron positively affected law enforcement worldwide while serving as chairman of the IACP Environmental Crimes Committee from 1992 to 2001 and member of the IACP Executive Committee from 1992 to 2001.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Bureau of Environmental Crimes Investigation (NYDEC BECI) was the first Statewide Police Agency formed in New York State serving since 1880. The Bureau of Environmental Crimes Investigation (BECI) consists of 9 individual regions spread throughout New York State. The BECI Unit's oversee and investigate alleged environmental felony level crimes and long term environmental criminal investigations.

In 2013 the BECI worked on several cases involving the illegal disposal of hazardous materials (asbestos), in which five individuals and two corporations were charged for dumping millions of pounds of asbestos contaminated debris in an open field in Herkimer, New York containing protected wetlands and a flood plain immediately adjacent to the Mohawk River. In another case, several automotive repair shops in the Northern District of New York were investigated for bypassing the required New York State motor vehicle emissions inspection regulations in violation of the Clean Air Act. As a result of a joint investigation by the BECI and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, numerous individuals were identified as part of an illegal nationwide scheme and subsequently arrested. As a result of this case, a nationwide criminal initiative has been implemented to stop the various individuals and businesses across the country from engaging in these ongoing environmental crimes. Additionally, a nationwide administrative/civil initiative has also been implemented to improve and/or upgrade the various State vehicle emission programs in an attempt to prevent any future occurrences in other states.

The Award was presented at the IACP's 121st Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida during the Annual Meeting of the IACP Environmental Crimes Committee on Monday, October 27, 2014. Further information on the IACP Environmental Crimes Committee can be found at http://www.theiacp.org/Enviromental-Crimes-Committee.

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