New York State Court Officers

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New York State Court Officers
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Patch worn by New York State Court Officers.
Agency overview
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* State of New York, United States
Legal jurisdiction New York
General nature
Operational structure
Court Officers 3,800
Agency executive Jewel Williams, Chief
Parent agency New York State Unified Court System
Website
NYS Unified Court System
Footnotes
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

New York State Court Officers are law enforcement officers who provide public safety services to the New York State Unified Court System, and enforce state and city laws in the State Of New York.

Training[edit]

New York State Court Officers undergo a fourteen-week training course at one of two New York State Court Officer academies which are located in New York City and Cohoes, N.Y. The training course includes training in criminal and civil procedure law, police science, powers of a peace officer, basic firearms training, defensive tactics, radio use, arrest procedures, gang intelligence, and first aid/CPR.[1]

The New York State Court Officers Academy was founded by Chief Thomas R. Hennessy (Ret.) in 1971. Chief Hennessy was well respected by his superiors, peers and those underneath.

Power and Authority[edit]

New York State Court Officers are New York State peace officers and are authorized to make vehicle stops, execute bench warrants, stop and frisk powers, issue summonses, carry and use firearms, batons, pepper spray, handcuffs, and use physical and deadly force.[2] New York State Court Officers have peace officer status both on-duty and off-duty.

Vehicles[edit]

New York State Court Officers currently utilize fully marked Chevrolet Impalas, Dodge Chargers, Chevrolet Suburbans, and Chevrolet Expresses in their vehicle fleet.[3][4][5]

Equipment[edit]

New York State Court Officers are authorized to carry a Glock 19 9mm semi-automatic pistol, if trained, expandable baton, handcuffs, flashlight, bullet resistant vest, pepper spray, and if available in their command, a radio that is directly linked to the Central Dispatcher and other officers.

Veteran Officers that were originally issued a .38 caliber revolver upon their appointment as a New York State Court Officer, if failing to transition to 9mm have no option but to carry it. However, the majority of the veteran officers that originally carried the .38 had made the switch to the Glock 19.

Rank Structure[edit]

New York State Court Officers police car in Times Square

There are eleven sworn titles (referred to as ranks) for New York State Court Officers:

Title Insignia
Chief of the Department of Public Safety
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First Deputy Chief of the Department of Public Safety
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Deputy Chief of the Department of Public Safety
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Assistant Chief of the Department of Public Safety
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New York State Court Officer - Major
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New York State Court Officer - Captain
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New York State Court Officer - Lieutenant
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New York State Court Officer – Sergeant
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New York State Senior Court Officer (obsolete title)
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New York State Court Officer - Trainee

Line of Duty Deaths[edit]

7 New York State Court Officers have died in the line of duty.[6]

Officer's Name End Of Watch Cause Of Death
Court Officer Francis J. Carroll
Sunday, May 6, 1973
Gunfire
Court Officer Albert Gelb
Thursday, March 11, 1976
Gunfire
Senior Court Officer Alphonso B. Deal
Thursday, July 7, 1988
Gunfire
Court Officer John A. Dauway
Sunday, October 1, 1989
Accidental
Captain William Thompson
Tuesday, September 11, 2001
Terrorist Attack
Senior Court Officer Thomas Jurgens
Tuesday, September 11, 2001
Terrorist Attack
Senior Court Officer Mitchel Scott Wallace
Tuesday, September 11, 2001
Terrorist Attack

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