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  • COVID Alert NY: Download the smartphone application for exposure alerts

    COVID Alert NY is a voluntary, anonymous, exposure-notification smartphone app available to anyone 18 or older who lives, works or attends college in New York or New Jersey.

    Visit the Apple App Store or Google Play Store to download the app, which will allow you to receive an alert if you were in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.

    Knowing about a potential exposure allows you to self-quarantine immediately, get tested and reduce the potential exposure risk to your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and others.

    Add your phone. Stop the spread.

  • Requesting expungement and destruction of certain marijuana conviction records

    State law permits individuals convicted of Penal Law sections 221.05 and 221.10 to ask the court where the conviction occurred to expunge and destroy their criminal history records related to these charges.  Individuals seeking destruction of those conviction records must make a formal request through the state Office of Court Administration (OCA). 

    Please visit the OCA website for more information about how to make this request. It is important to note that convictions of Penal Law sections 221.05 and 221.10 have been sealed. This means that all of the arrest, court, prosecution and criminal history records related to those convictions are confidential and cannot be seen except under the following circumstances:

         •     If an individual is applying for a job as a police or peace officer; and,
         •     If an individual is applying for a pistol permit.

    Individuals who are satisfied with the confidentiality that record sealing already provides are not required to apply for expungement or destruction of conviction records.

  • COVID-19-related guidance for law enforcement professionals available through the Criminal Justice Knowledge Bank

    The Criminal Justice Knowledge Bank includes a special section featuring COVID-19-related guidance, resources and links exclusively for law enforcement professionals.

    The COVID-19 Resources section includes guidance and protocols issued by the Division of Criminal Justice Services, state Department of Health and other state agencies, as well as information from professional associations representing police chiefs, probation officers, district attorneys and sheriffs, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Created by the Division of Criminal Justice Services, the Criminal Justice Knowledge Bank allows police, prosecutors and probation professionals to share promising and innovative programs and practices designed to reduce crime and recidivism.

    The Knowledge Bank also features links to national criminal justice resources and information about the Criminal Justice Research Consortium, which connects these professionals with academics across the state to research and develop evidence-based approaches to address specific public safety issues in their communities.

    Criminal Justice Knowledge Bank

    COVID-19 Resources for Law Enforcement