New York City Department of Homeless Services Police

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New York City Department of Homeless Services Police
New York City Department of Homeless Services Police patch.jpg
Common nameNew York City Homeless Services Police
AbbreviationDHSPD
MottoPolicing With Compassion
Agency overview
Formed1993
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionNew York, New York, USA
Map of New York Highlighting New York City.svg
Map of New York City Department of Homeless Services Police's jurisdiction.
Size1,214.4 km²
Population8,274,527
Legal jurisdictionNew York City
General nature
Headquarters33 Beaver Street, New York, NY 10004

Agency executive
Parent agencyNew York City Department of Homeless Services
Facilities
Stations11 Locations
Website
NYC Department of Homeless Services Official Site

The New York City Department of Homeless Services Police (NYC DHS Police) is a law enforcement agency in New York City who provide onsite security services to the New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS), and to enforce state and city laws at all facilities operated by the New York City Department of Homeless Services.

History[edit]

The New York City Department of Homeless Services was created in 1993 and made a mayoral agency in 1999. The Department of Homeless Services Police was started in 1997 with approximately 65 peace officers assigned to various DHS facilities. By 2002, the DHS Police had over 270 special officers at DHS facilities.


Ranks[edit]

DHS special officers are peace officers after completing training course and various Academic, Physical tests. DHS special officers graduate from peace officer academy at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Title Insignia Uniform Shirt Color Badge design Badge Color Badge Numbered
Deputy Chief
1 Gold Star.svg
White Medallion with eagle and star
Inspector
Colonel Gold-vector.svg
Medallion with eagle silver-gold
Deputy Inspector
US-O4 insignia.svg
Laurels and crown with oak leaves
Captain
Captain insignia gold.svg
Laurels and crown
Lieutenant
US-O1 insignia.svg
Medallion
Sergeant
NYPD Sergeant Stripes.svg
(sleeve)
Navy Blue Shield with eagle yellow gold yes
Special Officer
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Shield silver
Title Insignia Badge Design
Deputy Commissioner of Security Services & Emergency Operations
4 Gold Stars.svg
Medallion with eagle and stars
Assistant Commissioner of Security Services & Emergency Operations
3 Gold Stars.svg
Medallion with eagle and stars
Director of Peace Officers
2 Gold Stars.svg
Medallion with eagle and stars

Training[edit]

DHS special Officer current training course is seven weeks long, of which four weeks of training is given at John Jay College of Criminal Justice followed by two weeks at the Department of Homeless Services headquarters in Manhattan. The training course includes training in law, police science, powers of a peace officer, defensive tactics, community interaction, radio use, arrest procedures, and first aid/CPR, as well as rigorous physical fitness training that including push ups, squats, sit-ups,running and stair Climbs. Re-training is done on a continuous basis at John Jay College. DHS (police) are now under string oversight from the New York City Police Department.

Power and authority[edit]

NYC Department of Homeless Services (Special Officers) are NYS peace officers under New York State Criminal Procedure law, §2.10 Sub 40 which grants them limited powers to make warrantless arrests, issue criminal court summonses, and use physical force.

Equipment[edit]

NYC Department of Homeless Services Special officers are not authorized the use of firearms as per New York State law, though some officers and all Sergeants are equipped with a tasers. Currently all officers are equipped with an expandable baton, handcuffs, flashlight, reflective, bullet resistant vest, , OC Spray and a radio that is directly linked to other officers and dispatch. Select special officers receive additional training and equipment and are placed in specialty units.

See also[edit]

A NYC Department of Homeless Services Police Task Force patch.

References[edit]

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