New York City Police Department School Safety Division
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|New York City Police Department School Safety Division|
Shield of the New York City Police Department School Safety Division
|Common name||NYPD School Safety|
Fidelis ad Mortem|
Faithful till Death
|Operations jurisdiction||New York, New York, USA|
|Map of New York City Police Department School Safety Division's jurisdiction.|
|Size||468.9 square miles (1,214 km2)|
|Legal jurisdiction||New York City|
|Headquarters||One Police Plaza|
|School safety agents||5,147|
|Police Commissioner responsible|
|Parent agency||New York City Police Department|
|Police cars||Approx. 150|
The New York City Police Department School Safety Division is the law enforcement agency for New York City Department of Education schools. The agency is a division of the New York City Police Department Community Affairs Bureau, and is one of the largest school-based law enforcement agencies in New York City and the United States with approximately 5,000 school safety agents and 200 police officers.
The New York City Police Department School Safety Division was formed in 1998 when the School Safety force was transferred from the New York City Department of Education to the New York City Police Department. Since then, the School Safety force has expanded in duties and in number of officers. In 2006, NYPD School Safety Agents were classified Civil Service Status with the first DCAS Civil Service exam given on June 9, 2007.
School Safety Agents are designated as New York City special patrolman. School Safety Agents can make warrant-less arrests, carry and use handcuffs, and use physical force or deadly force, if necessary, to keep students, teachers, staff and fellow agents safe.
Uniform and vehicles
School safety agents wear French blue uniform shirts with dark blue pants, almost identical to the NYPD's Traffic Enforcement Agents (TEAs) with the exception of their eight-point uniform caps. SSAs use the dark blue caps just as uniformed Police Officers do. Their badge is oval with an eagle on top, in contrast to the shield worn by police officers. School Safety and the patch is blue vehicles are either dark blue with white decals or white with light blue decals.
School Safety Agents are often seen on the perimeters of the city's schools and inside the halls of ALL middle and high schools. SSA's may be either have only one agent in the school or many depending on the size of the school and the student population.
SSD separates agents by "levels" with a civilian assistant commissioner of the New York City Police Department overseeing the administrative functions of the division.
Agents may promote via examinations administered by the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services, the city agency charged with civil service examinations.
This division is not to be confused with the NYPD School Crossing Guards, which are civilian employees with no police or peace officer powers. However, the two divisions often work hand in hand to provide both safe travel to and from school, as well as safety inside the facilities and classroom operated by the city's public school system.
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- "a Gaggle of NYPD School Safety". Flickr.
- School Safety Police Vehicles
- "P028s NYPD School Safety Van, Police Station Precinct 28, Harlem, New York City". Flickr.
- New York City Police Department - Division of School Safety, New York, Fallen Officers. Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc.. Retrieved on 2013-08-16.