Park Rangers

Park Rangers

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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.

Parks Commissioner Brian Kelley issued a letter of commendation on May 30, 2023 to the Park Rangers for their persistent work while investigating a recent burglary at NBT Bank Stadium. In addition to the letter, both Deputy Chief Jordan and Officer Draper were issued Distinguished Service Bars.

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(l to r) Sergeant Pat Sacco; Officer Patti Toll; Deputy Chief Frank Jordan; Parks Commissioner Brian Kelley; Officer Jeff Draper; Captain Gary Wilson

Park Ranger Kevin DiGregorio was awarded the Distinguished Service Bar on August 1, 2022 in recognition of his pursuit and apprehension of a suspect accused of making fraudulent withdrawals at several local banks. A grateful community thanks you for your service, Officer DiGregorio.


(l to r) Park Ranger Chief Howard Grant; Parks Commissioner Brian Kelley; Officer DiGregorio

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.

Job Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in the Onondaga County Park Rangers. We are always accepting applications for part-time positions.

Applicants must hold a current certification from the Division of Criminal Justice Services as Police Officers or Peace Officers with firearms certification.

Click here to download an application. Click here to download the Criminal Record Supplemental Questionnaire. Both of these must be completed by the applicant. Applicants may include a resume with their application.

Once both forms are completed, mail to:

Onondaga County Park Rangers
106 Lake Drive
Liverpool, NY 13088

or scan and send via email to: 

Chief Howard Grant -
Lt. Frank Jordan -

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
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