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Criminal Justice Policy Boards and Commissions

The Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) supports six advisory boards and commissions, members of which are appointed by the governor. These boards formulate public policy, develop strategic plans and advise the DCJS commissioner, governor and legislators in areas of DNA, juvenile justice, motor vehicle theft and insurance fraud prevention, police training and accreditation, and security guard training.

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Juvenile Justice Advisory Group (JJAG)

Federal law requires all states to establish an advisory group to oversee the strategic planning and federal grant funding allocation to organizations that address juvenile delinquency and prevention issues. The Juvenile Justice Advisory Group (JJAG) is required to have between 15 and 33 members who must have training, experience, or special knowledge in the areas of prevention and treatment of juvenile delinquency or the administration of juvenile justice.

With DCJS staff support, the JJAG finalizes New York’s Three-Year Juvenile Justice Plan, which identifies funding priority areas. Federal juvenile justice funds are used as seed money to establish and support new and innovative projects that seek to measurably reduce juvenile crime, promote individual accountability, enhance public protection, and prevent delinquency through positive youth development.

JJAG Members:

Chair: Edward Fergus-Arcia, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Temple University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Euphemia S. Adams, Chief Executive Director
Families on the Move
Staten Island, New York

Joseph J. Cocozza, Ph.D., Director (Retired)
Policy Research Associates, Inc.
Delmar, New York

Brendan J. Cox, Chief (Retired)
Albany Police Department
Albany, New York

Michelle A. Diaz
Youth Member

Niasha Hamilton
Youth Member

Precious Lugo
Youth Member

Robert M. Maccarone, Esq., Deputy Commissioner and Director
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
Albany, New York

Hon. Edwina G. Mendelson, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Justice Initiatives
New York State Unified Court System
New York, New York

Sheila J. Poole, Commissioner
New York State Office of Children and Family Services
Albany, New York

Meredith Ray-LaBatt, MA, MSW, Deputy Director
New York State Office of Mental Health
Albany, New York

Karen Y. Richmond, Executive Director
Children’s Home of Jefferson County
Watertown, New York

Allen Riley, Commissioner
New York State Commission of Corrections
Albany, New York

Emily Tow, President
The Tow Foundation
New Canaan, Connecticut

Jason Williams
Youth Member

Lester W. Young, Jr., Member
New York State Board of Regents
Brooklyn, New York

As of 11/2021

Motor Vehicle Theft & Insurance Fraud Prevention Board (MVTIF)

The 12-member New York Motor Vehicle Theft and Insurance Fraud Prevention Board oversees a demonstration program that supports initiatives designed to reduce motor vehicle theft and related motor vehicle insurance fraud. The program provides state funds to support police and prosecutors in communities with high incidents of motor vehicle theft and insurance fraud, allowing those jurisdictions to support specialized law enforcement strategies to combat the crimes.

The Board has representation from the motor vehicle insurance industry and consumers, law enforcement agencies, and the judicial system. The Board also develops an annual plan with recommendations on how to reduce motor vehicle theft and motor vehicle insurance fraud statewide.

Board Members:

Kevin Gallagher
National Insurance Crime Bureau
Patchogue, New York

Edmund Golat
Progressive Group of Insurance Companies
Staten Island, New York

Joseph Kenny, Inspector
New York City Police Department
Fresh Meadows, New York

James E. Potts, Jr.
New York Central Mutual Fire Insurance Company
Cooperstown, New York

As of 11/2021

Law Enforcement Agency Accreditation Council (LEAAC)

The Law Enforcement Agency Accreditation Program began in 1989 and is designed to be a progressive and contemporary way of helping police agencies evaluate and improve their overall performance. The program has four principle goals: to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of law enforcement agencies utilizing existing personnel, equipment and facilities to the extent possible; to promote increased cooperation and coordination among law enforcement agencies and criminal justice agencies;  to ensure the appropriate training of law enforcement personnel; and to promote public confidence.

The 17-member Law Enforcement Agency Accreditation Council provides overall direction for the program by issuing standards and setting policy; the Council also has exclusive authority to grant accreditation status.

Council Members:

Chief Gregory Austin
Village of Rye Brook Police Department

Sgt. Louis Dini
Suffolk County Police Department

Sheriff Robert Maciol
Oneida County Sheriff's Office

Mayor Robert Palmieri
City of Utica

Supervisor Edmond J. Theobald
Town of Manlius

Sheriff Barry Virts
Wayne County Sherriff’s Office

Richard A. Wells, President
Police Conference of New York

Professor Rob E. Worden
University at Albany


Ex officio members:

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea
New York Police Department

As of 11/2021

Security Guard Advisory Council (SGAC)

DCJS is required to oversee the training and registration of security guards and to certify private security training schools.

The seventeen-member Security Guard Advisory Council addresses program and policy requirements and recommends rules and regulations to the DCJS Commissioner concerning: approval or revocation of security guard training schools and training programs; the minimum courses of study and all training requirements to be fulfilled by schools; the minimum qualifications for instructors at approved security guard training schools and training programs; and training requirements for unarmed and armed security guards.

The DCJS Office of Public Safety provides administrative oversight for private security training in New York State, while the New York State Department of State is responsible for licensing security guards.

Council Members:

Chair: Robert S. Tucker
T&M Protection Resources
New York City

Nicholas M. Auletta, President
TruView BSI, LLC
Hicksville, New York

Bruce H. Hulme, President
Special Investigations, Inc.
New York City

Jessica A. Johnson, President
Johnson Security Bureau, Inc.
Bronx, New York

Anthony Lauro, Assistant Vice President
Macerich Security Services, Inc.
Elmhurst, New York

Edward S. Lentol, President
Edward S. Lentol & Associates, Ltd.
South Richmond Hill, New York

U. Nicholas Michailides
Security Consultant
Patterson, New York

Matthew Ventura
Atlas Security Services
Goshen, NY

David E. Zeldin, President and CEO
Investicorp, Inc.
Bellmore, New York


Ex-Officio members:

Rossana Rosado, Secretary
New York State Department of State

As of 11/2021

Commission on Forensic Science

The 14-member Commission is empowered to develop minimum standards and a program of accreditation for all public forensic laboratories in New York State. Accreditation of a forensic DNA laboratory is granted through the seven-member DNA Subcommittee, which also advises the Commission on any matter related to the implementation of scientific controls and quality assurance procedures for the performance of forensic DNA analysis.

Commission Members:

Kevin Bruen, Superintendent
New York State Police
Albany, New York

Pasquale Buffolino, Ph.D.
Nassau County Office of the Medical Examiner
East Meadow, New York

Lydia de Castro
New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
New York, New York

Jill Dooley, Ph.D.
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
Albany, New York

William J. Fitzpatrick, Esq., District Attorney
Onondaga County
Syracuse, New York

Jessica Goldthwaite, Esq.
Legal Aid Society
New York, New York

Michael Marciano, Ph.D.
Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York

Angela M. Mazzarelli, Associate Justice, Appellate Division
New York, New York

Scott O’Neill, Ph.D.
New York City Police Department
Queens, New York

Benjamin Ostrer, Esq.
Ostrer & Associates
Chester, New York

Ann M. Willey, Ph.D., J.D.
Chatham, New York


Howard Zucker, J.D., M.D., Commissioner
New York State Department of Health
Albany, New York


DNA Subcommittee Members:

Chair: Bruce Weir, Ph.D.
Seattle, Washington

Katherine Butler Gettings, Ph.D.
Gaithersburg, Maryland

Frederick Bieber, Ph.D.
Boston, Massachusetts

Allison Eastman, Ph.D.
Albany, New York

Kenneth Kidd, Ph.D.
New Haven, Connecticut

Jenifer Smith, Ph.D.
Washington, DC

Amanda Sozer, Ph.D.
Alexandria, Virginia

As of 11/2021

Municipal Police Training Council (MPTC)

The eight-member Municipal Police Training Council (MPTC) promulgates minimum training requirements for newly-appointed police and peace officers and a course of training for police officers appointed to supervisory positions. It also recommends rules and regulations for minimum standards for law enforcement and correctional training programs; instructor certifications and develops and approves law enforcement model policies designed to enhance the way local law enforcement agencies serve and protect their communities.

Council Members:

Chair:  Sheriff Ronald G. Spike
Yates County

John M. Klofas, Ph.D
Rochester, New York

R. Bruce McBride, Ed.D
State University of Albany

Chief Timothy Parisi
Ilion Police Department

As of 11/2021

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