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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Department of Homeless Services Peace Officer Academy | Evaluated Learning Experience

DHS Peace Officer Recruit Training also known as Basic Course for Peace Officers without Firearms

1. CPR - Basic Life Support Providers Course
2. Criminal Law
3. Fundamental Crisis Intervention Skills for Law Officers (formerly Crisis Intervention Training)
4. Police Administration and Operations

Course 1: 12 hours. Course 2: 48.50 hours. Course 3: 40 hours. Course 4: 58 hours.

1322 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11221

Course 1, 2, 3 and 4: March 2018 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Course 1: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: perform CPR on an unresponsive infant, child, and adult using an Automated External Defibrillator and breathing mask; demonstrate when and how to assist a responsive and unresponsive choking infant, child, and adult; provide basic care for injuries and sudden illnesses until advanced medical personnel arrive; and be certified by the American Heart Association in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Course 2: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:  Identify the more commonly invoked Criminal Law statutes and recognize their applications as it pertains to the scope of their duties; identify commonplace violations under NYS Penal Law and local law and take proper enforcement action when necessary, while adhering to NYS Criminal Procedure Law. Course 3: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify behaviors and label emotions that are common for individuals who are experiencing emotional distress; understand the dynamics of crisis; respect the individual in distress and involve them in the decision-making process; recognize how substance use and mental health disorders contribute to crisis; utilize de-escalation skills and tactics to reduce harm to an individual in crisis and the officer; and recognize the importance of self-care. Course 4: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: explain the history and hierarchy of the Department of Homeless Services; enforce the policies that govern NYC shelters; perform the daily duties and responsibilities of a DHS Peace Officer; implement policing strategies, including access control procedures that strengthen shelter security; and operate security equipment, including metal detectors and x-ray machines.  


Course 1: Instruction is offered via classroom through the use of study guides, video-based learning, scenarios, required and supplemental readings, and skills tests. Topics include: scene safety and assessment, chest compressions, giving breaths (mouth-to-mouth and with a mask), use of an Automated External Defibrillator, responsive and unresponsive choking, universal precautions and exposure to blood, respiratory emergencies, emergency action principles, diagnostic and vital signs, bleeding control, shock, poisoning, burns, fractures, and the related skills and techniques to administer first aid care in many common accidents and sudden illness situations.  Course 2: Instruction is offered via classroom through use of study guides, required supplemental readings, quizzes, scenarios, required interactions with instructors and weekly assessments. The course assesses student end-of-program knowledge and skills in printed form via proctored weekly exams and quizzes. Topics include: CPL 2.20: powers of a peace officer, introduction to penal law, constitutional law, standards of proof, civil law, preliminary investigations, interview and interrogation, eyewitness identification, crimes against persons, laws of arrest, arrest processing, desk appearance ticket, civil disorder offenses, summonses, accusatory instruments, judicial process, drug offenses, weapons offenses, theft offenses, domestic violence, sex offenses, property offenses, penal law 265: firearms safety and handling. The curriculum consists of a multitude of topics --from arrest, arraignment, and motion practice through trial and appeal--includes topics of search and seizure, warrants, grand jury proceedings, pretrial discovery, pretrial motions, and speedy trial. The course will survey New York State Penal Law definitions, terminology, application, culpability, classification of crimes and sentences. Course 3: Instruction is provided through classroom interaction, required student guide reading, mental health consumer and service provider panel discussions; comprehensive scenario-based training; documentaries; training videos; interactive group activities; student guide question and answer assignments; quizzes and examinations.  Topics include: introduction to the crisis intervention team program, introduction to mental health, state laws and involuntary commitments, psychotic disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), personality disorders, suicidality, law enforcement vicarious trauma/secondary PTSD, self-awareness/self-care, introduction to crisis communication skills, active listening and non-verbal communication, motivational interviewing, crisis negotiation, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, developmental and intellectual disorders, cognitive disorders, medical induced psychosis, interpersonal communication during crisis situations, de-escalation skills and conflict resolution, collaborative problem-solving, and officer safety and tactical responses to individuals who are in distress. Course 4: Instruction is offered via classroom learning through use of student guides, required supplemental readings, weekly quizzes and test, written assignments, and required class participation. Topics include: introduction to Department of Homeless Services police department, introduction to DHS policies, DHS police operations and general regulations, procedural justice, ethics and professionalism, professional communications, LGBTQI procedures,  access control, search and seizure, discretionary powers, levels of police intrusion, radio communications, domestic violence-protocol and procedure, child abuse and neglect-reporting and procedures, and report writing. 

Credit recommendation: 

Course 1, 2, 3 and 4: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 10 semester hours distributed as follows: 3 semester hours in Criminal Law; 3 semester hours in Police Administration and Police Operations; 3 semester hours in Crisis Intervention, and 1 semester hour in Health Science or Physical Education (for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training) (6/19). NOTE: All four courses must be successfully completed to gain access to college credit recommendations.