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Department of Homeless Services Peace Officer Academy

Overview

The Department of Homeless Services (DHS) Peace Officer Academy, an NCCRS member since June 2019, provides law enforcement training to Department of Homeless Services Peace Officers responsible for enforcing state and city law, and maintaining a safe environment at homeless shelters throughout New York City.  Through a memorandum of understanding that was signed in 2017 between the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and Department of Homeless Services, the NYPD is responsible for training DHS Peace Officers, consistent with the NYPD Police Academy and New York State Division of Criminal Justice System standards.    

Originally part of the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA), the New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS) became an independent mayoral agency in 1993 when, then Mayor David Dinkins, sought to more extensively alter the city’s homeless policies.  In 1997, a rise in the homeless population and an increase in the number of shelters resulted in the Department of Homeless Services forming its own police force consisting of 65 Peace Officers.  Currently, there are over 700 DHS Peace Officers that, in partnership with the New York City Police Department (NYPD), continue to improve how security services are delivered in the New York City Shelter System.

Source of Official Student Records

Sergeant Rafaela Rosario
33 Beaver Street
New York, NY 10004
United States
Phone: 
718-312-5151

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