NY firefighters may get arrest powers in arson cases

Fire chief says police are so busy that investigations are happening slowly

By Kathleen Moore
The Daily Gazette

ALBANY, N.Y. — In an effort to solve arsons more quickly, the District Attorney's Office may give two city firefighters the authority to interrogate suspects and make arrests.

Fire Chief Michael Della Rocco formally asked the district attorney for the privilege, and the district attorney in turn recommended it the county Legislature.

The Legislature may approve the request this week.

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