DCJS named 2018 Top Workplace
The Division of Criminal Justice Services has been named an Albany Times Union Top Workplace for the second year in a row.
Queens fifth grader wins statewide poster contest
Saranika Chakraborty from PS 877 51st Ave Academy in Queens is the winner of New York’s Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest. Read the Press Release »
State Police Aviators honored with lifesaving award
Award created to recognize police officers for courageous and unselfish acts that result in the saving of a human life. Read the Press Release »
First woman named NYS Police Officer of the Year
Syracuse Officer Kelsey Francemone recognized for her response to a dangerous melee on Father's Day 2016. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul presented
the award. Read the Press Release »
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Division of Criminal Justice Services receives 2018 Top Workplace honors
For the second consecutive year, the Division of Criminal Justice Services has been recognized as an Albany Times Union Top Workplace. DCJS ranked second this year among all large businesses and organizations, those with 300 or more employees and the agency also received a special recognition award for effective communication.
The agency achieved the distinction based on the results of an anonymous, voluntary survey of its employees. In total, 285 employees – about 70 percent of the DCJS workforce – completed the survey, which measured several critical aspects of workplace culture. One employee offered the following comment in responding to the survey: “I have the opportunity to think creatively, and recommend policy changes that have a very positive impact on others.”
Executive Deputy Commissioner Michael C. Green said, “This distinction reflects the engagement and commitment of our workforce and is a testament to your work, which allows the agency to meet its mission of enhancing public safety and improving the quality of New York’s criminal justice system.”
Governor Cuomo announces initiative to target intimate partner violence in Ulster County
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced nearly $285,000 has been awarded to support the launch of a pilot initiative in the city of Kingston aimed at reducing domestic violence assaults and fatalities. The Kingston Police, Ulster County District Attorney's Office and the County Probation Department have been awarded funding that will support the implementation of the National Network for Safe Communities' Intimate Partner Violence Intervention.
Governor Cuomo announces new law requiring video recorded interrogations is now in effect
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the law requiring law enforcement agencies to video record custodial interrogations with individuals accused of serious crimes, including homicides and violent felony sex offenses, is now in effect. The law, originally passed as part of the Governor's landmark criminal justice reforms in 2017, will help ensure the reliability of evidence that is later presented at trial and guard against false confessions.
Queens fifth grader wins New York’s Missing Children’s Day poster contest
Saranika Chakraborty, a fifth grader from PS 877 51st Ave. Academy in Queens, submitted the winning poster to represent New York in the National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest, a competition for fifth-graders sponsored annually by the U.S. Department of Justice. Her poster was chosen from among a record number of entries submitted to the New York State Missing Persons Clearinghouse, which sponsored New York’s contest.
Governor Cuomo announces recipients of new award recognizing police officers whose efforts save lives
Two New York State Troopers – Technical Lt. Peter R. McLain and Technical Sgt. Brian D. Rumrill of the agency’s Aviation Unit – are the first-ever recipients of the state Division of Criminal Justice Services' inaugural Lifesaving Award. They were honored for their role in the rescue of a pair of young hikers who fell from the snow-covered summit of Algonquin Mountain in December 2016.
The helicopter pilot and co-pilot braved strong winds and dangerous winter-weather conditions to rescue the hikers who were stranded for two days in sub-zero temperatures.
State law now permits certain non-violent criminal convictions to be sealed
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.