Division of Criminal Justice Services

Police and Peace Officer Decertification

A police or peace officer’s basic training certificate is immediately invalidated when an officer is removed for cause for misconduct, or an officer has resigned or retired subsequent to, or in connection with, allegations of misconduct.

New York State regulations define misconduct; outline an employer’s reporting obligations to the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), which maintains the state’s Central Registry of Police and Peace Officers; and detail the process by which DCJS can correct inaccuracies in reporting to the Registry that could result in an officer’s training certificate being invalidated.

The following Excel document is an official record of information as reported by police and peace officer employers to the Division of Criminal Justice Service, which updates this spreadsheet monthly.

All decisions to hire, discipline and/or fire officers are made by employers and subject to local and state laws and collective bargaining agreements, if applicable. Criteria for individuals designated as police or peace officers are detailed in state Criminal Procedure Law Articles 1 and 2.

Regulations establishing the decertification process first took effect on Oct. 26, 2016. As a result of statutory changes, DCJS revised these regulations and issued emergency regulations that took effect Oct. 16, 2021. The agency is reviewing public comments on the regulations and will determine whether to amend them as a result of that feedback. DCJS intends to adopt these regulations as permanent in the near future.

The Division of Criminal Justice Services provides decertification information to the National Decertification Index, which is maintained by the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training. All police employers must check the Decertification Index prior to hiring an individual and comply with other state-mandated hiring requirements.

Police Officers

All police officers removed for cause under emergency regulations effective Oct. 16, 2021, will have their training permanently invalidated and no longer have the option of retaking the state-mandated basic training.

Peace Officers

Decertification of basic training does not preclude a peace officer from seeking future employment as a peace officer. A new employer must ensure, however, that the individual retakes and successfully completes state-mandated basic training within one year of appointment.

Employers with questions about their reporting obligations, or potential employers seeking an officer’s training status should contact the Office of Public Safety at the Division of Criminal Justice Services: OPS.RecordsMgt@dcjs.ny.gov or (518) 457-2667.

Members of the media seeking additional information should contact the agency’s Public Information Office at pressinfo@dcjs.ny.gov or (518) 457-8828.