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    Honoring New York’s Fallen Police Officers

    A tribute to 55 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their communities
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  • 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.

    Get counted by responding to the 2020 Census. Questions? Check out about important Census dates and other information.

  • Video Tribute: Honoring New York’s Fallen Police Officers

    Every year in May, law enforcement professionals, families, loved ones and friends gather in Albany for the New York State Police Officers' Memorial Remembrance Ceremony, which honors those brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their communities.

    This video tribute recognizes the 55 officers whose names will be added to the Memorial's black granite wall this year, and remembers the 1,567 other officers honored during past ceremonies at the Memorial on the Empire State Plaza. A new date for the 2020 ceremony, postponed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, has not yet been announced.

    The 51 men and four women recognized this year served with the following agencies: the Cayuga County Sheriff's Office, Harrison Police Department, New York City Police Department, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State Police, Port Authority Police Department, and Suffolk County Police Department. Two NYPD officers were killed in the line of duty in 2019 and 53 officers died from illnesses resulting from their work at Ground Zero in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attack at the World Trade Center.  

    Every officer honored at the Memorial – and their families and loved ones they have left behind – will never be forgotten.

    Watch the Tribute

    Review the 2020 Roll of Honor

  • 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