Division of Criminal Justice Services

Model Policies and Standards for Law Enforcement

The Division of Criminal Justice Services and New York State Municipal Police Training Council, to which the DCJS Office of Public Safety provides staff support, issue model policies and standards that outline best practices and guidance for law enforcement agencies.

Model policies and standards aim to assist agencies with development of their policies and procedures on current and emerging topics in policing and prosecution practice. The following model policies and standards are currently available; this list will be updated as new and/or revised policies and standards are developed and distributed.

Law enforcement professionals seeking additional information should contact OPS.generalpolicing@dcjs.ny.gov. Media requests should be directed to pressinfo@dcjs.ny.gov.

In addition to developing model policies, the eight-member Municipal Police Training Council approves minimum training requirements for newly-appointed police and peace officers and a course of training for police officers appointed to supervisory positions; certifies police and peace officer instructors; and develops trainings that police departments may offer at their discretion, among other responsibilities. Council members represent law enforcement and academia and are appointed by the Governor.