Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement

New York City, the most populous city in the United States with over 8 million people residing in its 5 boroughs, and approximately 55 million annual visitors, keeping the people safe is a formidable task for our law enforcement agencies.

As a certified New York City Police Academy, we provide training for all newly hired and active members of NYPD, as well as offer professional development training to criminal justice professionals to meet any emerging issues, new approaches to policing and career advancement opportunities.

Working closely with the NYPD, other public safety agencies and our distinguished faculty, we create innovative curricula based on the needs of specific agencies to support their goals and objectives.


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Managing Situations Involving Emotionally Disturbed Persons (EDP)

Law enforcement personnel are routinely the first line of response for situations involving mentally ill people in crisis, significantly reducing that person’s ability to cope. How to effectively manage the situation to ensure a positive outcome requires specific crisis intervention and communication skills.  

Staffed by faculty members from the Psychology and Counseling Departments, and NYPD experts in the field, this EDP program has been carefully designed to train NYPD members of various ranks who would come into contact with emotionally disturbed persons in the course of performing their duties:

  • Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT) and Emergency Service Unit (ESU) – 30 hours*
  • Newly hired Supervisory Uniformed Members of NYPD (sergeants, lieutenants, and captains) – 7 hours
  • Newly hired NYPD student police officers/recruits – 7 hours
  • In-Service Uniformed Members of the Service – 7 hours

*Officers that satisfactorily complete the 30-hour program are also awarded 2 blanket credits in Social Science upon application and acceptance into the college. 

Lt. Jack Cambria of the NYPD Hostage Negotiation Team, and instructor for the EDP program talking a distraught man off the ledge of the AMC movie theater in Times Square on 10/16/14.
(Bottom left) Lt. Jack Cambria of the NYPD Hostage Negotiation Team, and instructor for the EDP program talking a distraught man off the ledge of the AMC movie theater in Times Square on 10/16/14.

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NYC Department of Homeless Services Police

DHS Police are charged with protecting the most vulnerable people in our society, the homeless. They are tasked with providing security services for all NYC shelters and other facilities under the Department of Homeless Services.

For more than 15 years, we have been a proud partner in training their peace officers to serve and protect the less fortunate, congruent with the college’s mission in educating for justice. We employ faculty members from Law & Police Science and Criminal Justice Department, Counseling Department, SEEK Department, Health & Physical Education Department and the Public Management Department to offer the following programs:

  • Basic Peace Officer Training Program* – 140 hours; 99 hours mandated by the State and 41 hours of elective materials customized for DHS settings
  • Peace Officer Annual Recertification – 14 hours
  • Condensed Annual Recertification – 7 hours
  • Investigative Interviewing for DHS Special Investigators – 21 hours
  • Enhanced Investigative Interviewing – 7 hours
  • Peace Office Supervisory Skills – 21 hours

* Officers that satisfactorily complete the state mandated 99 hours of the program are awarded 3 blanket credits upon application and acceptance into the college.

Contact: Debra Hairston-Parker, Director – Office of Special Programs