New York City Department of Homeless Services Police
|New York City Department of Homeless Services Police|
|Common name||New York City Homeless Services Police|
|Motto||Policing With Compassion|
|Operations jurisdiction||New York, New York, USA|
|Map of New York City Department of Homeless Services Police's jurisdiction.|
|Legal jurisdiction||New York City|
|Headquarters||33 Beaver Street, New York, NY 10004|
|Parent agency||New York City Department of Homeless Services|
|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.
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.
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||White||Medallion with eagle and star|
|Inspector||Medallion with eagle||silver-gold|
|Deputy Inspector||Laurels and crown with oak leaves|
|Captain||Laurels and crown|
|Sergeant||Navy Blue||Shield with eagle||yellow gold||yes|
|Deputy Commissioner of Security Services & Emergency Operations||Medallion with eagle and stars|
|Assistant Commissioner of Security Services & Emergency Operations||Medallion with eagle and stars|
|Director of Peace Officers||Medallion with eagle and stars|
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.
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.
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.