LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) — Officers for a state agency that enforces marine and environmental regulations on a popular Adirondack lake will be armed next year.

The Post-Star of Glens Falls reports that the Lake George Park Commission voted earlier this week to allow its marine patrol officers to carry handguns.

Commission members say officers can find themselves in potentially dangerous situations while patrolling the 32-mile-long lake, including domestic violence calls at island campsites and large groups of intoxicated boaters.

The commission's officers patrol the lake from May 1 to Nov. 1, with the peak times during busy summer months when vessel traffic is at its highest.

The marine patrols for the state Department of Environmental Conservation, state police and sheriff's deputies for counties bordering the lake all are armed.

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Information from: The Post-Star, http://www.poststar.com