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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 Memorial 2019

    Fallen police officers honored

    The Police Officers' Memorial Remembrance Ceremony honored 63 police officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to communities across the state. 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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  • 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).

  • Michael C. Green receives Distinguished Achievement Award

    DCJS Executive Deputy Commissioner Michael C. Green has been recognized with the 2019 Distinguished Achievement Award in Evidence-Based Crime Policy for his contribution and commitment to advancing the integration of scientific research with criminal justice policy and practice. The award has been given annually since 2010 by the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy at George Mason University.

    The Distinguished Achievement Award is the Center’s highest honor, recognizing outstanding achievements by individuals who are committed to a leadership role in advancing the use of scientific research and evidence to inform decisions about crime and justice policies.

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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 »

  • 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.

    More Information about the new law: English »     Español »

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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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