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For Release: Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Newly Appointed Captain to Oversee DEC Environmental Conservation Law Enforcement in Western NY

Lt. Frank Lauricella Promoted to Captain

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has promoted Lt. Frank Lauricella to captain of Region 9's Division of Law Enforcement, the agency announced today.

"Captain Lauricella has over 24 years of service with DEC's Division of Law Enforcement, and has served with distinction at each level of his career," said DEC Division of Law Enforcement Director Peter Fanelli. "He demonstrates true commitment to the protection of our state's natural resources and his leadership will be an asset to environmental conservation law enforcement in Region 9."

"Captain Lauricella brings a wealth of experience and merit to this position and his leadership has already made a positive impact within our region," said Regional Director Abby Snyder. "We look forward to working with him as he continues to support and guide the outstanding work of DEC's Division of Law Enforcement in Region 9."

As Captain, Lauricella's duties include overseeing DEC's environmental conservation law enforcement responsibilities in Region 9's six Western New York counties including Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Allegany, Cattaraugus and Wyoming. In addition, Captain Lauricella will supervise the region's 23 Environmental Conservation Officers, two investigators and four Lieutenants, including those in the Bureau of Environmental Crimes Investigation.

Originally hailing from Chautauqua County, Lauricella has served throughout New York in Regions 1, 4, 8 and 9 during his career at DEC. Prior to his appointment as captain, he served as a lieutenant for eight years and also as acting captain in Region 9 since mid 2011. Captain Lauricella replaces former Captain David Bennett, who retired in the summer of 2011.

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