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  • Rossana Rosado joins the Division of Criminal Justice Services as Acting Commissioner

    Rossana Rosado, who has been nominated by Governor Hochul to serve as commissioner of the Division of Criminal Justice Services, joined the agency on November 30, 2021. She will serve as the agency’s acting commissioner until confirmed by the State Senate, as required.

    Commissioner Rosado is the 13th individual – the first Latina and only the third woman – to lead the agency since its creation in 1972. Prior to being appointed to lead DCJS, Commissioner Rosado served as New York’s Secretary of State for nearly six years. During her tenure with the Department of State, Ms. Rosado focused on social justice reform, community revitalization work, and re-entry and reintegration initiatives for justice-involved people. She joined state service after a 30-year career as a media executive and award-winning producer, which included serving as the first female Editor and Publisher of El Diario La Prensa, the largest Spanish-language newspaper in the country.

    During her media career, Commissioner Rosado earned an Emmy Award, a STAR Award from the NY Women's Agenda, and a Peabody Award for Journalism. A native New Yorker, she received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Pace University and her master’s degree in criminal justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She lives in Westchester County with her husband and has two children.

  • New Deadline: Strategies to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency in New York State’s rural communities

    The Division of Criminal Justice Services seeks applications to fund strategies for the prevention of and response to juvenile delinquency in rural areas of New York State.

    Approximately $525,000 is available and the deadline for applications has been extended to Noon on Friday, Jan. 28, 2022.

    More information >>

  • 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 were published for public comment in the State Register on October 20, 2021. The agency is reviewing comments and will determine whether to amend those regulations as a result of that public feedback. DCJS intends to adopt these regulations as permanent in the near future.

    Additional Information:

    Professional Policing Act 2020 Hiring and Decertification Memo »

    Summary of Text of Rule »

    Part 6000 Amendments »

    Part 6056 Amendments »

    Requests for additional information 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; dcjslegalrulemaking@dcjs.ny.gov or (518) 457-8413.

  • 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.

    Serious Offense List and Additional Information >>