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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.
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.
New York State marks October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Funding available to law enforcement agencies for Livescan fingerprint processing equipment
DCJS seeks proposals for grants to fund the purchase of Livescan fingerprint processing equipment. Approximately $2.8 million in federal funds is available to law enforcement agencies. Applications are due by Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020.
UPDATED: FFY2020 STOP Violence Against Women RFP
DCJS has reissued the FFY2020 STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program Request for Proposals (RFP) with additional information and extended the deadline for submission of proposals to Noon on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. The competitive RFP is soliciting applications from local government, tribal nations, hospitals and not-for-profit agencies for the implementation of comprehensive strategies addressing violence against women that are sensitive to the immediate and long-term needs and safety of victims as well as holding offenders accountable for their crimes.
DCJS anticipates that approximately $6.5 million in STOP funds will be available for local awards. The contract period will run from Jan. 1, 2021, to Dec. 31, 2025.
DCJS will accept questions regarding the RFP through Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 and posted online on or about Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020.
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.
It’s not too late: Complete the 2020 Census today!
Participation in the 2020 Census determines how much federal funding goes to communities across New York State to support critical services: law enforcement funding, crime victims' assistance and programs that serve victims of domestic and sexual violence, among others – for the next 10 years.
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.
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COVID-19 Resources for Law Enforcement