Park Rangers

Park Rangers

The Onondaga County Park Rangers Department is a full-service law enforcement agency, established in 1935 and authorized by Criminal Procedures Law §2.10(11). The primary mission of the department is to help maintain a safe environment for patrons of the Onondaga County Parks System and to provide related law enforcement services.

The geographic area of employment for our department is Onondaga County, pursuant to Criminal Procedure Law §140.25(5) and our sworn officers respond to law enforcement calls for services throughout Onondaga County to assist other law enforcement agencies as needed.

Sworn officers have the power to make warrantless arrests and to issue appearance tickets, simplified traffic informations, simplified parks informations and simplified environmental conservation informations within Onondaga County.

Our officers enforce the Penal Law, Vehicle and Traffic Law, Environmental Conservation Law, Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation Law, Agriculture and Markets Law, City of Syracuse Parks Local Laws and the Onondaga County Parks and Recreation Local Laws.

Our officers are dispatched to calls for service through the Onondaga County Emergency Communications Center 911 system. In addition, our department participates in the countywide law enforcement report writing and criminal information database system.

Click here to download the Onondaga County Park Rangers Subject Management Policy.

During your visit to Onondaga County Parks, you may be photographed, videotaped, or filmed by Onondaga County Parks or authorized parties. Your attendance/admission serves as permission for use of these images by Onondaga County Parks. Commercial photography or filming is prohibited without permission of Onondaga County Parks.


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Jobs Opportunities

There are no openings with the Park Rangers at this time.

Mission Statement

The Onondaga County Park Rangers serve the people of Onondaga County and strive to provide a safe environment for all park patrons by:

  • Recognizing that its goal is to help people and provide assistance at every opportunity;
  • Providing preventive, investigative, law enforcement and asset protection services;
  • Increasing patron satisfaction with public safety and
  • Maintaining patron cooperation through the Department's training, skills, and professional efforts

In achieving this mission, the men and women of the Onondaga County Park Rangers will conduct themselves in an ethical manner.

They will:

  • Respect and protect the rights of citizens as determined by the law;
  • Treat citizens and their fellow employees courteously and with the same amount of dignity with which they expect to be treated themselves;
  • Be examples of honesty and integrity in their professional and personal lives, thereby earning the public trust;
  • Perform their duties with the knowledge that protection of the lives and property of all citizens is their primary duty