- Associated Press - Saturday, November 1, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Four police officers with the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation have been honored for their work on two cases of environmental crimes.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday said Friday that their efforts earned an award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

The four officers are Lt. David Clarke and investigators Fran D’Angelo, Mike Dangler and Mark Malone. They are part of a criminal investigative unit based in Watertown.

The unit’s investigation of asbestos dumping in the Adirondacks led to the convictions of five men.

The officers also worked with federal authorities to expose a conspiracy to violate the Clean Air Act through the issuance of fraudulent vehicle emission inspection stickers in Herkimer and Oneida counties.

The conservation department includes more than 280 law enforcement officers.

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