About DCJS

Sobre DCJS (en español)

Enhance Public Safety and Improve Criminal Justice.

The Division of Criminal Justice Services is a multi-function criminal justice support agency with a variety of responsibilities, including collection and analysis of statewide crime data; operation of the DNA databank and criminal fingerprint files; administration of federal and state criminal justice funds; support of criminal justice-related agencies across the state; and administration of the state’s Sex Offender Registry that allows anyone to research the status of an offender.

Our mission – the very reason we exist – is to make New York State a safer place to live, raise our families and run our businesses.

At DCJS, our core agency functions include criminal history checks, fingerprint operations, coordination of grant funds, providing timely information, public safety, law enforcement training, breathalyzer and speed enforcement equipment repair, accreditation of police departments and forensic laboratories, Uniform Crime Reporting, research, hosting criminal justice boards and commissions, providing information to criminal justice agencies and institutions, and hosting other criminal justice agencies. Much of our contact with the public involves the Sex Offender Registry, where anyone can check for the presence of high and medium risk sex offenders in their neighborhood (information on Level 1 or low level offenders can be obtained by calling 518-457-5837 or 1-800-262-3257 if you have a name you would like to check. You will need the individual’s name and another identifying fact, such as date of birth). We also support Operation IMPACT, an initiative where we provide special assistance to the 17 counties upstate and on Long Island that account for nearly 80 percent of the crime outside of New York City.

Within that framework, we also have a set of priorities – all geared, of course, toward our mission of enhancing public safety and improving criminal justice:

  • Sex Offender Management – This includes public outreach and education, community participation and coordination of efforts by various involved agencies.
  • Sentencing Commission – For the past several months, we have been hard at work on a top-to-bottom review of New York’s sentencing statutes. Our preliminary report was delivered to the Governor, Chief Judge and Legislative leaders last Oct. 16 and a final report is due later this year. The preliminary report and hearing transcripts are available on this website under “What’s New” on the home page.
  • Reduce Violent and Firearm Crime – We are actively working with law enforcement to provide them with the tools they need to perform in-depth crime analysis, utilize best practices and ultimately reduce crime and recidivism.
  • Reduce Recidivism through Re-entry – The goal, as always, is to reduce victimization and safeguard the public. To a large measure, we know what factors precipitate recidivism, and if we address those factors we will reduce crime.
  • Increase DNA Collection and Compliance – DNA evidence solves crimes, prevents crimes and exonerates the innocent. We need to utilize this tool to the fullest – and that means collecting every sample that we are legally permitted to collect, analyzing those samples expeditiously and, hopefully, persuading the Legislature to expand DNA to all fingerprintable crimes.
  • Information Systems and Performance Management – Our partners in criminal justice need high-quality, accurate, timely data if they are to fully embrace intelligence-driven policing. 
  • Human Trafficking – The new law on human trafficking requires us at DCJS to educate law enforcement on the scope of the problem, to develop better strategies for victim management and to better distinguish offenders from victims. This is a new undertaking for us, and a new challenge. We will do everything in our power to help put an end this modern day slavery.

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