New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Police

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New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Police
Abbreviation NYSOMRDD Police
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Agency overview
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* State of New York, USA
Legal jurisdiction Buildings and lands occupied or explicitly controlled by the Mental Hospital
General nature
Operational structure
Footnotes
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Police (NYSOMRDD Police), is a law enforcement agency that provides on-site security services to the New York State Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities grounds and facilities within the New York State. (The parent agency was previously known as New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.)

History[edit]

The New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Police was created through New York State Mental Hygiene Law to secure the grounds and buildings of the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities as well as to transport Office for People with Developmental Disabilities patients to and from court and other OPWDD facilities.[1]

Safety and Security Officers[edit]

OMRDD Safety and Security Officer are New York State peace officer status which is granted under the Mental Hygiene Law (section 13.25), Public Health Law (section 455), and Criminal Procedure Law (section 2.10-12).[1][2][3] The NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities uses the "Safety and Security Officer" title for its OMRDD officers.[3]

Equipment[edit]

OMRDD Safety and Security Officers are authorized to take custody and secure firearms as per the NYS CPL section 2.20(H). They do carry expandable baton, handcuffs, flashlight, and a radio that is directly linked to other Safety and Security Officers.May carry Firearms when authorized by Director of the facility when proper licence issued as per section 400 of N.Y.S. Criminal Procedure Law or under U.S. Code Title 18- 926 B, also Retired Officer may carry firearms without licence if qualified as defined in U.S.Code Title 18- 926-c also known as the Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act ( LEOSA- HR218).

Training[edit]

New York State OMRDD Safety and Security Officers attend a peace officer training academy at The New York State Preparedness Training Center (SPTC) located in Central New York.Training for new officers meets or exceeds the "New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services Standards for Peace Officers". The "Peace Officer Basic Course" includes training in:

  • Penal Law, Criminal Procedure Law, Vehicle and Traffic Law. Fire, Building and Life Safety Code Enforcement
  • Lawful Use of Force-Defensive Tactics, Physical Training
  • Crowd/Riot Control
  • Arrest Techniques and Processing
  • Report Writing
  • Patrol Techniques
  • Emergency Vehicle Operation.
  • Critical Incident Management(ICS)
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Computer Operations
  • Fire Science, Safety & Investigations Training.

New Safety and Security Officer must complete a minimum six week on-the-job field training supervised by a Senior Officer from their respective facility.

OMRDD Safety and Security Officer can issue summonses and can effect arrest(s). Some of the duties performed by these officers include, but are not limited to, enforcing state and local laws, protecting persons and property, prevent and detect crime, conduct investigations, search for and eliminate contraband, performing escorts of patients to off-site facilities and apprehending absconded patients.

OMRDD Safety and Security Officer are responsible for conducting fire service procedures which include conducting fire drills, fire safety classes, fire extinguisher inspections, and building inspections. Furthermore, they maintain peace and security in the OMH State agency, facility. .[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

U.S.Code Title 18 926-B and C.

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