New York City Department of Homeless Services Police

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New York City Department of Homeless Services Police
Common nameNew York City Homeless Services Police
AbbreviationDHSPD
New York City Department of Homeless Services Police patch.jpg
Patch of the New York City Department of Homeless Services Police.
DHS Police Officer Badge.jpg
Badge of the New York City Department of Homeless Services Police.
MottoPolicing With Compassion
Agency overview
Formed1993
Legal personalityGovernmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction*City of New York in the state of 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
Specialist jurisdictionBuildings and lands occupied or explicitly controlled by the institution and the institution's personnel, and public entering the buildings and precincts of the institution.
Operational structure
Headquarters33 Beaver Street, New York, NY 10004
Special Officers400
Agency executiveJoseph A. Garcia, Director of Peace Officers
Parent agencyNew York City Department of Homeless Services
Facilities
Stations9 Commands
Website
NYC Department of Homeless Services Official Site
Footnotes
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.
 
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New York City Department of Homeless Services Police
Common nameNew York City Homeless Services Police
AbbreviationDHSPD
New York City Department of Homeless Services Police patch.jpg
Patch of the New York City Department of Homeless Services Police.
DHS Police Officer Badge.jpg
Badge of the New York City Department of Homeless Services Police.
MottoPolicing With Compassion
Agency overview
Formed1993
Legal personalityGovernmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction*City of New York in the state of 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
Specialist jurisdictionBuildings and lands occupied or explicitly controlled by the institution and the institution's personnel, and public entering the buildings and precincts of the institution.
Operational structure
Headquarters33 Beaver Street, New York, NY 10004
Special Officers400
Agency executiveJoseph A. Garcia, Director of Peace Officers
Parent agencyNew York City Department of Homeless Services
Facilities
Stations9 Commands
Website
NYC Department of Homeless Services Official Site
Footnotes
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The New York City Department of Homeless Services Police (NYC DHS Police) is a law enforcement agency in New York City whose duties are to provide 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 (DHS Police) was started in 1997 with approximately 65 peace officers assigned to various DHS facilities. By 2002, the DHS Police had over 270 peace officers at DHS facilities.

Prior to 1997, there were peace officers stationed at a facility named Camp Laguardia, which was a homeless shelter in Orange County, New York. This facility was run by the New York City Human Resources Administration prior to 1993 as were all other city operated homeless shelters. The HRA Police was the law enforcement agency at the facility. In 1993 when the Department of Homeless Services was formed, the HRA Police officers at the facility were given DHS Police patches and badges. Approximately 40 peace officers were left at the facility including 1 captain, 1 lieutenant, 6 sergeants, and the rest were officers. All other city run shelters were using private security guards. Camp Laguardia had DHS Police officers assigned to it until it closed. In 1997 when it was observed how well and efficient it was to have peace officers in city run shelters, DHS started placing peace officers in other shelters it operated.[1]

Ranks of the DHS Police[edit]

Officers begin service and training with the rank of Cadet. After training at the DHS Police Academy and after successfully completing various Academic, Physical and Tactical tests, officers graduate the DHS Entry Level Training Academy at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and are sworn into the rank of Special Officer.

TitleInsigniaUniform Shirt ColorBadge designBadge ColorBadge Numbered
Deputy Chief
1 Gold Star.svg
Medallion with eagle and star
Inspector
Colonel Gold.png
Medallion with eaglesilver-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 BlueShield with eagleyellow goldyes
Detective (Field Training Officer or Client Relations Team)
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Medallion
Peace Officer
Blank.jpg
Shieldsilver
Probationary Peace Officer
Blank.jpg
Recruit Officer
Blank.jpg
Slate Grey
none
TitleInsigniaBadge 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

Facilities Patrolled by DHS Police Department[edit]

Currently there are seven facilities that the DHS Police Department is in charge of, these include mainly Single Adult but also Family shelters.

Manhattan[edit]

Brooklyn[edit]

Bronx[edit]

Training[edit]

When the Department of Homeless Services Police was established, the training given to officers was a one week peace officer training course. By June 2002, the training course was expanded to four weeks, including two days of training with the New York City Police Department. The current training course is seven weeks long, of which four weeks of training is given at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, two weeks of training is given at the Department of Homeless Services headquarters in Manhattan, and one week of field training is given at Charles Gay Assessment Center located on Wards Island. 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 and specialized training at the Rockland County Police Academy.

Power and Authority[edit]

NYC Department of Homeless Services Special Officer are New York State peace officers authorized to make Warrantless arrests, issue criminal court summonses and the power to use physical force and deadly physical force in making an arrest or preventing an escape pursuant to sect 35.30 NYS penal law.[2]

Vehicles[edit]

The New York City Department of Homeless Services Police currently utilizes marked and unmarked vehicles in its fleet including Ford Fusions, Ford Escapes, Ford E-350 vans, Ford Explorers, and Jeep Cherokees.[3][4][5][6]

Equipment[edit]

NYC Department of Homeless Services Special officers are not issued a firearm, though some officers are equipped with a taser hand gun[7] and sergeants and above carry pepper spray. Currently, they are equipped with an expandable baton, handcuffs, flashlight, reflective traffic vest, bullet resistant vest, personal handheld metal detectors and a radio that is directly linked to the Central Dispatcher and other officers.

Select officers receive additional training and equipment and are placed in specialty units.[8]

Union Representation[edit]

NYC Special Officers, which include the NYC DHS Police, NYC HRA Police, NYC HHC Police and NYPD School Safety Agents are represented by Teamster Local 237,[9] a civil service employee labor union which is headed by President Gregory Floyd, a former NYC HHC Police Officer.

See also[edit]

Official Logo of the NYC DHS Police
A NYC Department of Homeless Services Police Task Force patch.

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