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What's New

  • Professional Policing Act

    New York State’s Professional Policing Act strengthened the state’s oversight of municipal police agencies with the goal of ensuring that individuals employed as police officers across the state are qualified, ethical and physically and psychologically fit to serve and protect their communities.

    Counties, cities, towns, villages and police districts must follow comprehensive hiring standards and procedures for police officers; report misconduct to appropriate state agencies; and comply with all reporting requirements to the state’s Police and Peace Officer Registry, which is administered by DCJS.

    Learn more about these requirements and the state’s mandatory certification process >>

  • Proposed amendments to Interstate and Intrastate Transfer of Probation Supervision Regulations

    State law authorizes DCJS to issue regulations related to probation supervision in New York State. These proposed rulemaking amendments are designed to modernize and clarify the procedures for the interstate and intrastate transfer of probation supervision for adults and juveniles by:

    • establishing a uniform standard consistent with the Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision by reducing the number of days from 60 to 45 for receiving probation departments to investigate and respond to intrastate transfer requests;
    • authorizing receiving counties to temporarily supervise probationers who reside in their county until a full intrastate transfer can be completed;
    • strengthening the administrative appeals section by requiring probation directors to become involved in resolving on-going disputes between counties and protects the interest of community and victim safety; and
    • establishing a protocol that allows supervision to occur by a contiguous county (with court approval) in cases where a conflict exists within the county of residence.

    The public may comment on these proposed amendments through Monday, Jan. 23, 2023. Please contact Danise A. Linen, Esq. (dcjslegalrulemaking@dcjs.ny.gov or 518-457-8413) to submit comments.

    Rulemaking amendments to Title 9 of New York Codes, Rules and Regulations, Part 349 >>

  • Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes Program Request for Proposals now available

    DCJS is accepting applications for $50 million in funding available through the state’s Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes Program until Tuesday, February 28, 2023. Nonprofit, community-based organizations at risk of hate crimes or attacks because of their ideology, belief or mission may seek funding to strengthen safety and security measures.

    Eligible organizations may apply for up to $50,000 per project and submit up to three applications for a maximum of $150,000. An eligible organization also may submit a separate application for up to $50,000 to fund a cybersecurity project.

    Learn more about the Request for Proposals >>

  • New Securing Reproductive Health Centers Program Request for Proposals now available

    DCJS has reissued a revised request for proposals (RFP) that expands eligibility for the $10 million available through the Securing Reproductive Health Centers Program to nonprofit, public and for-profit organizations.

    New York State established the program to improve the safety and security of patients and employees at reproductive health care centers and abortion services providers that may be at risk of crimes or attacks because of their mission, services, ideology or beliefs.

    Learn more about this funding opportunity >>

  • Recent Changes to New York State’s Firearm Laws: Resources and Information

    New York State’s Gun Safety website provides the public, gun owners and gun dealers with comprehensive information about requirements under state laws that took effect Sept. 1, 2022. Questions about the new law may be directed to 1-855-LAW-GUNS.

    Gun Safety in New York State >>

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    Minimum Standards for Firearm Safety Training >>