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  • Nominations for 2018 Governor's Police Officer of the Year Award

    The state Division of Criminal Justice Services seeks nominations for the 2018 Governor's Police Officer of the Year Award, which will be presented to a sworn police officer or officers in recognition of an act or acts of conspicuous bravery and valor performed in 2018. The award recipient(s) will be chosen by a Selection Committee after full review of the nominations.

    Each law enforcement agency is limited to one nomination per calendar year. Nominations must be returned to the following address no later than July 1, 2019:

    NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services
    Office of Public Safety
    Alfred E. Smith Building, 3rd Floor
    80 S. Swan Street
    Albany, NY 12210

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    Download the Nomination Form »

    Read the 2018 Press Release »

  • Regulations related to certified instructors and course directors who teach courses approved by the state’s Municipal Police Training Council

    The state Division of Criminal Justice Services, through the state Municipal Police Training Council, has issued regulations that will:

    • Create a “course director” designation and training course that will allow the Council to certify and train individuals who administer Council-approved course offerings;

    • Develop a systematic approach for suspension and revocation by the Division of Criminal Justice Services, while securing due process for certified instructors and directors through a hearing process administered by the Council; and

    • Clarify ambiguous portions of existing regulations by certifying completion of Council- approved courses versus certifying attendance at courses not approved by the Council; requiring course directors to maintain records; defining who may administer approved courses; and requiring inclusion of the course director on curriculums submitted to the Division of Criminal Justice Services for approval.

    These regulations and any required statements and analyses may be obtained from Natasha M. Harvin-Locklear, Esq., New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, 80 South Swan Street, Albany, New York 12210, phone: (518) 457-8413, email: dcjslegalrulemaking@dcjs.ny.gov.

    Public comment will be received until Monday, July 15, 2019.

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  • Remembrance ceremony honors 63 fallen police officers

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently honored 63 police officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to communities across New York State. The officers from eight local and state law enforcement agencies were recognized at the annual Police Officers' Memorial Remembrance Ceremony in Albany.

    With the addition of the names of the 54 men and nine women - the most ever honored in one year - the memorial now includes the names of 1,567 police officers.

    Read the Press Release »

  • Assessment of Public Comments: Regulation related to the role of Probation in Youth Part of Superior Court

    New York State’s Raise the Age law took effect on Oct. 1, 2018, and required existing state regulations related to Probation practice to be updated.

    The document that follows outlines the assessment of public comments received in response to proposed changes to 9 NYCRR 359: Role of Probation in Youth Part of the Superior Court.

    Assessment of Public Comments »

  • 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.

  • Key provision of New York State’s Raise the Age now in effect

    A key provision of New York State’s Raise the Age law is now effective. The law removes 16-year-olds who have committed a criminal act as of midnight on Monday, Oct. 1 from the adult criminal justice system and places them in age-appropriate settings where they can receive needed services and treatment to avoid recidivism. Those 16-year-olds who are arrested for non-violent offenses will have the same opportunities for diversion and community-based services as youth 15 and under.

    Meanwhile, 16-year-olds charged with serious offenses will be processed as adolescent offenders in a Youth Part of criminal court and placed in specialized secure detention facilities for adolescents instead of adult jails. The law will extend to 17-year-olds on October 1, 2019.

    Read Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's press release »

    The law also allows individuals who have remained crime-free for 10 years to request that certain New York State convictions be sealed.

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    Statistics » This chart details the number of individuals who have had cases sealed since the provision’s Oct. 7, 2017, effective date. The data are detailed by month and county in which the court granted the seal.

  • 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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