New York City Department of Health and Hospitals Police
|New York City Hospital Police|
|Common name||New York Hospital Police|
Patch of the New York City Hospital Police
Badge of the New York City Hospital Police
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|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Operations jurisdiction*||City of New York in the state of New York, USA|
|Map of New York City Hospital Police's jurisdiction.|
|Legal jurisdiction||New York State|
|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.|
|Hospital Special Officers||865|
|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 who's duties are to provide safety and security services at hospitals and clinics operated by the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) and to enforce state and city laws at those facilities.
HHC Hospital Police Special Officers patrolled the New York City Hospitals since the 1940s when it was known as the City of New York Department of Hospitals . 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 both hospital police special officers and police officers 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 and off duty peace officer authority.
About the NYC Hospital Police Special Officers
New York City Hospital Police Special officers are NYS Peace Officers. Once a recruit graduates from the NYC Hospital Peace officer Academy, they are employed as a NYC Hospital Police Special Officer as per civil service title and NYS criminal procedure law (2.10 sub 40).
NYC Hospital Police Special Officers can be promoted to the position of Sergeant provided they take and pass a civil service exam and subsequent training course, and may be appointed to the position of Detective, Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Director, or Director.
There are eight titles (referred to as ranks) in the New York City Hospital Police Department:
|Title||Insignia||Uniform Shirt Color
Power and Authority
New York City Hospital Police Special Officer recruits must first graduate from the NYC Hospital Peace officer Academy. The Course includes training in basic criminal and civil procedure law, police science, powers of a peace officer, defensive tactics, radio use, arrest procedures, gang intelligence, emergency vehicle operation, and first aid/CPR.
NYC Hospital Police Special Officers are required to attend annual in-service training to ensure compliance with applicable provisions of the New York State’s Division of Criminal Justice Services.
Equipment and Vehicles
NYC Hospital Police Special Officers are not authorize to carry or use firearms on/off duly, Officers can carry a ASP brand collapse expandable baton, handcuffs, OC Spray, flashlight, and a radio that is directly linked to the Central Dispatcher and other officers. Field supervisors are issued the Taser brand X2 taser. The department currently uses marked and unmarked vehicles including Chevrolet Tahoes, Ford Interceptors, Dodge Chargers, Ford Crown Victorias, and Chevrolet Express Vans.
"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, 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
Since the establishment of the New York City Hospital Police, 3 officers have died in the line of duty.
|Officer's Name||End Of Watch||Cause Of Death|
|Officer Harry Cantave||Wednesday, August 22, 1990||Stabbed|
|Captain James Rodriguez||Thursday, March 19, 1992||Gunfire|
|Sergeant James C. Low||Monday, February 1, 1999||Assault|
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- "New York State Criminal Procedure Law Article 2". Retrieved 2009-11-13.
- "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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