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  • SCAM ALERT: Callers claim to be from DCJS, seek money to assist a relative

    The Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) has been made aware that individuals claiming to be from the agency are making calls and telling recipients that they need to send money because a relative has been arrested or a grandchild has been in an accident.

    These calls are not from DCJS: A phone number associated with the agency is being spoofed by an unknown caller or callers.

    DCJS has reported this scam to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Members of the public may wish to notify their local police department or sheriff's office about the calls or may visit the FCC’s Consumer Complaint Center for more information or to file complaints.

  • 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 >>

  • New York State’s SNUG Street Outreach program featured in national report

    The Giffords Center to Prevent Gun Violence’s latest report – America at a Crossroads: Reimagining Federal Funding to End Community Violence – features the SNUG Street Outreach program as an example of effective use of federal funding to target community violence.

    The Division of Criminal Justice Services partners with the state Office of Victim Services to fund and support the SNUG program, which operates in 12 communities across the state that have high rates of gun violence: Albany, the Bronx, Buffalo, Hempstead, Mt. Vernon, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, Rochester, Syracuse, Troy, Wyandanch and Yonkers.


    SNUG street outreach workers detect, interrupt and intervene in high-risk disputes to prevent retaliation through mediation, mentoring and access to resources and services, including education assistance, drug and alcohol counseling, and job readiness training.


    Social workers and case managers at SNUG sites work to address trauma individuals face due to long-term exposure to gun violence and provides help and support to improve lives and strengthen neighborhoods impacted by crime. The staffers provide mental health counseling and other services to individuals and families, and social workers also are embedded at trauma centers serving SNUG sites to reach victims and families in the immediate aftermath of violence and connect them with services and support from SNUG site-based social workers and case managers after discharge.

  • 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 >>

  • 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.