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Homeless Services Police Graduate in John Jay Ceremony

Ranks of blue uniforms snapped to attention on the morning of Nov. 14, as the latest graduating class of the New York City Department of Homeless Services Police completed its 140-hour Basic Peace Officer training program.

Part of a long-running collaboration between John Jay’s Division of Professional Studies and the DHS, the program has produced approximately 200 officers per year over the last 15 years, under the direction of Debra Hairston-Parker, Director of the Office of Special Programs. The latest cohort graduated with a 100-percent success rate, with 40 new officers joining the DHS Police to provide security services for all homeless shelters in the city.

Offering congratulatory remarks at the ceremony were DHS Commissioner Gilbert Taylor, Assistant Commissioner Glenn Panazzolo, and Senior Director Terence Lynn from the Division of Professional Studies.