First woman named NYS Police Officer of the Year
Syracuse Officer Kelsey Francemone recognized for her response to a dangerous melee on Father's Day 2016. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul presented
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Agency secures first place in Albany Times Union’s annual ranking
of employers in the Capital Region.
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New law sealing certain non-violent criminal convictions now effective
A provision in the state's landmark Raise the Age law - allowing individuals who have remained crime-free for 10 years to request that certain New York State convictions be sealed - is now effective.
Governor Cuomo announces more than $7.6 million for programs designed to reduce recidivism, reliance on incarceration
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced more than $7.6 million in funding will support programs designed to help individuals involved in the criminal justice system build skills, obtain substance abuse and mental health treatment, and connect with services to help them break the cycle of recidivism. A total of 31 local agencies and not-for-profit organizations in eight regions across the state have been awarded funding. The grants continue the Governor's ongoing commitment to ensuring New York remains among the safest states in the nation, while continuing to reduce its reliance on incarceration.
Executive Deputy Commissioner Michael C. Green recognized for leadership, public service
Michael C. Green, executive deputy commissioner of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, has been presented with the Hugh L. Carey Leadership Award for Outstanding Public Stewardship for his commitment to innovation and dedication to government service. The award, created in memory of the state's 51st Governor, recognizes and honors a New Yorker who, through commitment to public service, has demonstrated leadership, dedication and guidance to improve the future well-being of all New Yorkers by opening doors to innovations.
New York State offers leadership training to law enforcement
The state Division of Criminal Justice Services has launched its Leadership Training Initiative, offering the first in a series of 13 courses designed to help law enforcement executives and supervisors develop and refine leadership skills to meet the demands of modern policing. On Tuesday, Sept. 6, more than 90 police professionals from 40 agencies in Central and Western New York, the Finger Lakes and the Southern Tier attended the day-long course, which is designed to provide supervisors with practical strategies they can employ to help improve agency morale, accountability and performance.
"There's no understating the value of effective law enforcement training, especially when it's geared toward those officers in leadership roles," said Michael C. Green, executive deputy commissioner of the Division of Criminal Justice Services. "Yet the training options available for commanding officers are often limited, which is why this course and others being offered around the state through this initiative are so important. Our hope is that this top-down approach toward cultivating leadership skills will help police agencies to operate more effectively and further improve public safety within their communities."
Made possible through a $250,000 federal grant, the Leadership Training Initiative features the most comprehensive series of leadership courses ever offered by the Division of Criminal Justice Services. Courses range in length from one day to three weeks, with some designed for specific audiences: women in police leadership roles and individuals who work in local corrections, for example. Roughly 1,500 officers statewide are expected to be trained through March 2018.
Pro Bono Clemency Program
To assist individuals in applying for clemency, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is partnering with several organizations from the legal community to provide free clemency petition services to individuals incarcerated by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.
Although individuals may apply for clemency without the assistance of an attorney, free assistance from one will enhance the quality of an inmate’s application and present his or her best case to the Governor. Please contact PardonsAndCommutations@doccs.ny.gov to learn more about this program.