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  • Police Officer of the Year

    Police Officer of the Year

    Three members of the Syracuse Police Department are the recipients of the New York State Police Officer of the Year Award. Read the Press Release »

  • Police officer receives DCJS Lifesaving Award

    Police officer receives DCJS Lifesaving Award

    Irvington Police Officer Arcangelo Liberatore is the recipient of the Division of Criminal Justice Services’ 2018 Lifesaving Award for saving a child from a rabid coyote. Read the Press Release »

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    DCJS named Top Workplace for third year in a row

    Once again, DCJS is an Albany Times Union Top Workplace, an honor based on the results of an anonymous, voluntary survey of employees.
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    Criminal Justice Knowledge Bank

    New website for criminal justice professionals to share promising programs, practices designed to reduce crime and recidivism.
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  • Call for Nominations: 2019 Governor’s Police Officer of the Year award

    DCJS is accepting nominations for the 2019 Governor’s Police Officer of the Year award, which recognizes a single police officer or team of officers for an exceptional act of valor. A police department or sheriff’s office is limited to one nomination, defined as one officer, one event; one officer, multiple events; or multiple officers, one event. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 20, 2020.

    The Police Officer of the Year Award was first presented in 1984 and since the award’s inception, the Selection Committee has chosen 120 officers from 19 agencies for the honor. Of those police, 69 have been honored posthumously, including 23 officers from the New York City Police Department and 37 members of the Port Authority Police Department killed during the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

    Nomination Form

    Current Recipients

    Past Recipients

  • New York State’s SNUG Street Outreach program featured in Translational Criminology magazine

    The Fall 2019 issue of Translational Criminology – the magazine of the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy (CEBCP) at George Mason University – features an article on the state Division of Criminal Justice Services’ SNUG program. The magazine is distributed internationally to criminal justice practitioners, researchers and academics, and policy makers.

    The article, titled The Evolution of New York’s SNUG Street Outreach Program, describes the inception and development of the state’s unique program and the role it plays in reducing gun violence and saving lives in 11 communities. Street outreach workers intervene in the aftermath of shootings to prevent retaliation, working with high-risk youth to connect them to services and programs, and engaging communities in their work.

    The same issue includes acceptance remarks made in June 2019 by DCJS Executive Deputy Commissioner Mike Green after he was one of two individuals to receive the Center’s highest honor: its Distinguished Achievement Award. His remarks highlight the state’s investment in SNUG and other evidence-based initiatives. Read the press release for more details about the award.

  • Internet Safety Presentations Now Available

    The New York State Missing Persons Clearinghouse at DCJS now offers two presentations designed to help children learn the fundamentals of online safety.

    Geared toward children in grades 5 and 6 and 7 through 9, the 40-minute presentations teach safe and responsible practices, how to use those skills and encourage students to keep their parents and teachers informed about what they are doing online. There is no cost for the presentation.

    To schedule a presentation, complete this Internet Safety Presentation Request Form. For more information, please contact the Missing Persons Clearinghouse: missingpersons@dcjs.ny.gov or call 1-800-346-3543 (Option 1).

  • Criminal Justice Knowledge Bank

    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 site 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.

  • Pro Bono Clemency Program

    To assist individuals in applying for clemency, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is partnering with several organizations from the legal community to provide free clemency petition services to individuals incarcerated by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

    Although individuals may apply for clemency without the assistance of an attorney, free assistance from one will enhance the quality of an inmate’s application and present his or her best case to the Governor. Please contact PardonsAndCommutations@doccs.ny.gov to learn more about this program.

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