New York City Police Department School Safety Division

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New York City Police Department School Safety Division
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Shield of the New York City Police Department School Safety Division
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Common name NYPD School Safety
Abbreviation NYPD SSD
Motto Fidelis ad Mortem
Faithful till Death
Agency overview
Formed 1998
Preceding agency
  • Municipal Police
Annual budget $243,335,196
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction New York, New York, USA
Map of New York Highlighting New York City.svg
Map of New York City Police Department School Safety Division's jurisdiction.
Size 468.9 square miles (1,214 km2)
Population 8,274,527
Legal jurisdiction New York City
Headquarters One Police Plaza

School safety agents 5,147
Police Commissioner responsible
Agency executive
  • Assistant Chief Brian J. Conroy, Commanding Officer
Parent agency New York City Police Department
Boroughs
Facilities
Schools 1500+
Police cars Approx. 150
Website
Official site

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.

History[edit]

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.

Power and authority[edit]

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[edit]

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.[1][2][3]

A NYPD School Safety vehicle in current white livery.
A NYPD School Safety vehicle in the formerly used dark blue livery.

Fallen officers[edit]

Since the establishment of the New York City Police Department School Safety Division, two officers have died while on duty, one in 1999 and one in 2005. Both deaths were caused by heart attack.[4]

Official Duties[edit]

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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "a Gaggle of NYPD School Safety". Flickr.
  2. ^ School Safety Police Vehicles
  3. ^ "P028s NYPD School Safety Van, Police Station Precinct 28, Harlem, New York City". Flickr.
  4. ^ New York City Police Department - Division of School Safety, New York, Fallen Officers. Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc.. Retrieved on 2013-08-16.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°42′43″N 74°00′07″W / 40.712°N 74.002°W / 40.712; -74.002