Tuesday, January 31st, 2023
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Northeast law enforcement group honors Region 6 ECO Mark Malone

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Albany, N.Y. — New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Division of Law Enforcement Lieutenant Mark Malone recently received the Officer of the Year award from the Northeast Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Association.

The annual award honors officers for exemplary work protecting communities and natural resources by enforcing New York’s stringent Environmental Conservation Laws.

Investigator Malone is a 20-year veteran of DLE and serves as a member of DEC’s Bureau of Environmental Crimes Investigation) Unit where he conducts numerous criminal investigations that have led to successful prosecutions in hunting violations, the illegal discharge of wastewater into the Raquette River, and the falsification of business records to conceal that crime.

He’s also worked cases involving the transportation of an illegally taken elk from Colorado to New York and disposal of methamphetamine lab waste into the Black River. Malone has also been integral in securing both chemical and hazardous forensic evidence at environmental crime scenes for use in criminal prosecutions and high-profile administrative cases.

“It is with great honor and enthusiasm that I presented the NECLECA officer of the Year Award to Investigator Mark Malone,” DLE Director Karen Przyklek said “Mark’s knowledge and steadfast enthusiasm is an enormous asset to both our Sampling Team and Forensic Units. His professional demeanor, and tireless zeal to help is much appreciated by me and the members of the Bureau of Environmental Crimes Investigation.”

NECLCA is a professional organization comprised of the Chiefs and senior command staff from 13 northeastern states, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Officer for Law Enforcement, and the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

The organization encourages and promotes better law enforcement cooperation among member states, exchanges views and techniques, and discusses problems relative to fish and wildlife law enforcement. Learn more about the organization at www.necleca.org.

DEC Director of Law Enforcement Karen Przyklek (l) recently presented Investigator Mark Malone with the Northeast Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Association’s Officer of the Year award. BECI Lieutenant D’Angelo (r) joins the presentation. Photo provided

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