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    Caller posing as "Division of Criminal Justice" worker offering to resolve legal matters is not affiliated with DCJS

    Several individuals from out of state recently have received calls from someone claiming to be from the “New York Division of Criminal Justice” and offering to resolve a pending legal matter. In at least one instance, the caller provided the individual’s Social Security number to lend credibility to his offer.

    These are fraudulent callers who are in no way affiliated with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS).

    Residents in North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida have received such calls since early November. DCJS has notified New York State Police, which is investigating. If you receive such a call, it is critical that you do not provide any personal information. This scam is similar to one earlier this year that attempted to collect loans and/or recover payments; those calls targeted people in Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, Nevada and Ohio.

    Additionally, please note that DCJS is a criminal justice support agency, not an enforcement or investigatory agency. If you receive a suspicious call, please notify the New York State Police at or your local law enforcement agency. Be sure to report the time of the call, the phone number if you have it and any information relayed to you during the conversation.

  • Call for entries: National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest

    Know a fifth-grader in New York State who’s got artistic talent? Encourage the budding Picasso to enter the New York State contest being coordinated in conjunction with the National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice.

    Coordinated by the New York State Missing Persons Clearinghouse at DCJS, the contest will determine which fifth-grader’s design competes against those created by their peers across the country in the national competition. In addition to selecting a first-place winner, New York State will award prizes for second and third place.

    The contest is a unique way to educate youth about personal safety, the dangers of running away and to raise awareness of missing children’s case in New York State and across the country. 

    National Missing Children’s Day has been marked annually on May 25 since 1983.

    Contest Rules » Learn More » Read about New York’s 2015 contest winners »

  • Crime in New York State 2014 Report

    The FBI has released its annual Crime in the United States 2014 Report. Please refer to the Crime in New York State 2014 Report for up-to-date statistics. Crime in the state reached an all-time low in 2014, with 409,386 Index crimes reported.

    Please note that New York State rape counts published in the FBI report are incorrect due to a calculation error by that agency. Accurate statistics for New York State and its counties are detailed on Pages 14 through 16 of the Crime in New York State 2014 Report.

    In addition, other index crime data included in the FBI report may differ slightly from statistics in the Crime in New York State 2014 Report; this is because the FBI estimates Index crimes for agencies with incomplete reporting and excludes data submitted after FBI deadlines. The Division of Criminal Justice Services allows agencies to update their Index crime data as necessary.

  • New York State launches #CombatHeroin campaign

    New York State’s  #CombatHeroin website – – provides help and resources for parents, adults and young people who are seeking help and information about this growing  epidemic.

    The site includes information about warning signs of heroin and opioid abuse and misuse, access to state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services treatment providers, and guidance to help parents talk to their children and health care professionals talk with their patients. It also includes links to four public service announcements and video messages from New Yorkers talking about the impact of heroin and other opioids on their lives.

    Read Governor Cuomo's Press Release »