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  • New York State marks October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in New York State. Communities, law enforcement agencies and organizations across the state will stand with survivors of domestic violence this month by participating in the state’s eighth annual "Shine the Light on Domestic Violence" campaign.

    Coordinated by the state Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV), this effort challenges New Yorkers to incorporate the color purple in creative ways as a method to spread the word about the crime of domestic violence and start a discussion about solutions. The Empire State Building has shone purple, as have other iconic New York landmarks, including Niagara Falls, the State University of New York headquarters in Albany and Times Square, as part of this campaign.

    Want to raise awareness in your community? Wednesday, Oct. 21, has been designated as the day across the state to wear purple. Or, check out OPDV's "Shine the Light" Toolkit for other creative ideas.

    Read the Governor's Proclamation » New York State's response, domestic violence data » How to get help »

  • 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.

  • Johnson City Patrolman recognized as New York State Officer of the Year

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that Johnson City Police Department Patrolman Louis J. Cioci is the recipient of the New York State Police Officer of the Year Award. Patrolman Cioci was recognized for his actions in response to an incident in which a gunman killed a fellow Johnson City police officer and then opened fire on a busy street. He is credited with preventing the shooter from harming civilians caught in the midst of the dangerous event.

    Read the Governor’s Press Release »

  • 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 »

  • Scam Alert: Individuals acting as bill collectors claiming to be from Criminal Justice Legal Services/affiliated with DCJS

    The Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) has been made aware of telephone scams in which individuals claim to be affiliated with DCJS. People living in Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, Nevada and Ohio have reported receiving such calls. DCJS is in no way affiliated with these individuals and does not collect loans or otherwise seek to obtain or recover payments from people. If you receive such a call, please contact your local law enforcement agency to make them aware of the matter.