New York City Department of Health and Hospitals Police

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New York City Department of Hospitals Police
Common name New York Hospital Police
Abbreviation NYHP
NYC Health and Hospital Police Patch.jpg
Patch of the New York City Department of Hospitals Police.
NYC Health and Hospital Police Badge.jpg
Shield of the New York City Department of Hospitals Police
Motto New York's Courageous

Beneficence, Honor, Fidelity

Agency overview
Formed 1973
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* City of New York in the state of New York, USA
Map of New York Highlighting New York City.svg
Map of New York City Department of Hospitals Police's jurisdiction.
Size 1,214.4 km²
Population 8,274,527
Legal jurisdiction New York State
General nature
Specialist jurisdiction Buildings and lands occupied or explicitly controlled by the institution and the institution's personnel, and public entering the buildings and precincts of the institution.
Operational structure
Hospital Peace Officers 665
Parent agency New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation
New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation Official Site
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The New York City Department of Health and Hospitals Police (NYHP) is a law enforcement agency in New York City that's duties are to provide security services to hospitals operated by the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), and to enforce state and city laws at hospitals operated by New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.


Hospital Police patrolled the New York City Hospitals since the 1940s. The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) was established in 1965 to operate New York City public hospitals. Until 1973, HHC operated hospitals were patrolled by hospital police and one police officer at a fixed post from the New York City Police Department.

In 1973, Special Patrolman were hired to replace the NYPD officer. But it wasn't until 1980 when “Special Officers employed by the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation” were added to NYS Criminal Procedure Law 2.10, granting the officers full on/off-duty peace officer authority.[1]

About the Officers[edit]

Officers of the New York City Health and Hospitals Police are NYS Peace Officers. Though they are hired under the civil service title of "Special Officer-HHC", once a recruit graduates from the academy, they are sworn in as a "HHC Police Officer."

HHC Police Officers can be promoted to the position of Sergeant provided they take and pass a civil service exam and management course, and may be appointed to the position of Detective, Lieutenant, Captain or Director as these are non civil service positions.


There are four titles (referred to as ranks) in the New York City Department of Health and Hospitals Police:

Title Insignia Uniform Shirt Color
Captain insignia gold.svg
US-O1 insignia.svg
Detective Sergeant
NYPD Sergeant Stripes.svg
Dark Blue
Hospital Peace Officer
Dark Blue

Power and Authority[edit]

New York City Hospital Police Officers are New York State peace officers authorized to make warrantless arrests, make car stops, issue summonses, and use physical force.[1]


New York City Hospital Police Officer recruits receive nearly 2 months of training, 6 weeks of which are at York College, a City University of New York campus. The remaining training is conducted at either the HHC Central Office or an HHC facility. The training that is given to the Hospital Police Officers is in police science and physical training. Hospital Police Officers are also trained in the use of O.C spray, firearm safety, summons writing, and report writing.

Officers are required to attend annual in-service training (consisting of one day) to ensure compliance with applicable provisions of the New York State’s Division of Criminal Justice Services.

Equipment and Vehicles[edit]

NYC Hospital Police Officers are equipped with an expandable baton, handcuffs, whistle, flashlight, and a radio that is directly linked to the Central Dispatcher and other officers. The department currently uses marked and unmarked vehicles.


"The Health and Hospitals Corporation is committed to the safety and security of the patients, visitors, staff, and the public that utilize all the facilities that make up Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC).

The department’s focus is to instill a sense of peace and order in a safe environment. We feel this can be accomplished by not only enforcing all local, state and federal statutes, but also by providing educational and awareness programs for the staff and community in which we serve.

The department values the trust of the health care system’s patients and staff. We strive to maintain that trust by making life better and safer for the health care community."

Line of Duty Deaths[edit]

Since the establishment of the New York City Department of Health and Hospitals Police, 3 officers have died in the line of duty.[2]

Officer's Name End Of Watch Cause Of Death
Officer Harry Cantave
Wednesday, August 22, 1990
Captain James Rodriguez
Thursday, March 19, 1992
Sergeant James C. Low
Monday, February 1, 1999

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "New York State Criminal Procedure Law Article 2". Retrieved 2009-11-13. 
  2. ^ "New York City Health and Hospital Police Department, New York Fallen Officers". The Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc. Retrieved 2009-11-13. 

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