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State Police opens Wells substation, offers quicker response
March 19, 2014 - Greg Hitchcock
On March 13, the state police substation in the Town of Wells was opened to provide quicker service to distant corners of the Adirondack Park. Two state troopers, Trooper Ronald Dacre and Trooper Casey Krul, man the substation.
The substation is charged with the responsibility to patrol a broad area from Hamilton County’s southern border to Warren County and across to the Indian Lake campgrounds.
“We’ve always covered this area from our station in Mayfield,” Trooper Dacre said.
Dacre said, however that opening the Wells substation offers the public quicker protection and service by responding to calls sooner. For example, Dacre said by responding to a call in Morehouse, a distance of approximately 50 miles from Mayfield, is cut to less than 38 miles from the Wells substation.
Troop G of the New York State Police, of which substation Wells is part of, covers a diverse and large area of upstate New York, from rural Adirondack Mountain towns to urban Hudson River Valley areas around the cities of Albany and Troy.
A seven-year veteran of the state police, Dacre grew up in the Adirondacks and served in the state police in the Adirondack Park from Herkimer to Plattsburgh before joining the Mayfield station.
He said rural areas are unique because people are very self-reliant, especially in the Adirondacks where there is little to no emergency help for miles unlike urban settings.
“We can’t rely on anyone else,” Dacre said.
He said the state police in the Adirondack Park work well with other law enforcement agencies including the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), county sheriff’s offices, and forest rangers.
“There is a lot of inter-agency support we do here,” Dacre said.
The state police take calls for domestic disputes, burglaries, and other emergencies, to handing out numerous speeding tickets. Dacre said substation Wells takes few calls for domestic disputes, saying most of the emergency calls both Dacre and Krul receive are car-deer accidents.
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Trooper Ronald Dacre in front of a state police vehicle at the Mayfield state police station, Wednesday morning.