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Professional Policing Act of 2021: Emergency Regulations now effective
The Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) has issued emergency regulations related to decertification of police training, mandatory hiring standards and other requirements for police agencies resulting from the enactment of the state’s Professional Policing Act of 2021 (Part BBB of Chapter 59 of the Laws of 2021).
The emergency regulations took effect Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, and were published in the State Register on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021.
DCJS seeks public comment on the regulations through Monday, Dec. 20, 2021. Requests for additional information and/or comments should be directed to Natasha M. Harvin-Locklear, Esq., Division of Criminal Justice Services, Alfred E. Smith Building, 80 South Swan St., Albany, N.Y. 12210; firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 457-8413.
Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes Funding Available: Applications due by noon on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022
The Division of Criminal Justice Services seeks proposals to fund safety and security projects at nonprofit organizations at risk of hate crimes or attacks because of their ideology, beliefs or mission. Approximately $25 million is available to fund approximately 500 projects throughout New York State.
Governor Hochul Recognizes 101 Fallen Police Officers Who Gave Their Lives in Service to Their Communities
Governor Kathy Hochul recently honored 101 police officers who gave their lives in service to communities across New York State. The names of the officers, who served with 10 different agencies, were added to the New York State Police Officers Memorial, which was dedicated 30 years ago on the Empire State Plaza in Albany and now includes the names of 1,668 officers who died in the line of duty. More than 300 people attended the Remembrance Ceremony, which occurred on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, and featured keynote remarks by Governor Hochul.
Police and Peace Officer Decertification
A police or peace officer’s basic training certificate is immediately invalidated when an officer is removed for cause by their employer for incompetence or misconduct, or they have resigned or retired while a disciplinary process that could result in their removal has commenced.
Employers are required by law to report these removals, resignations and retirements to the Division of Criminal Justice Services, which maintains the state’s Central Registry of Police and Peace Officers. DCJS updates this list monthly.
Decertification list and more about the process >>
Non-New York State convictions that may prohibit firearms possession or obtaining firearm permits
State law requires the Division of Criminal Justice Services to maintain and annually publish a list of non-New York State convictions that include the essential elements of a “serious offense” in New York that may prohibit individuals from possessing firearms or obtaining pistol permits if the non-New York State conviction occurs on or after April 3, 2021.
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.