NYC Health + Hospitals today celebrated the official graduation ceremony of its newest special officers at the NYC Hospital Police Academy. Held at NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi, the graduation ceremony marked the culmination of 10 weeks of intensive training for the officers. The curriculum includes training in basic NYS Criminal procedural law, penal law, procedural justice, powers of a peace officer, justification/use of force, radio use, arrest procedures, preventing and managing crisis situations, and First Aid/CPR. The 26 officers range in age and backgrounds, and come from all five boroughs. The officers will provide patient and family assistance, on-site security, and enforce state and city laws at all NYC Health + Hospitals facilities. Following graduation, the officers will be deployed to hospital facilities system-wide.
“We recruit special officers with different levels of experience and cultural competencies, we train them to use the very best policing practices, and to provide the best service possible for our patients, visitors and staff,” said Christopher Mastromano, CEO, NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi. “We understand that having special officers on-site enhances the overall message of high-quality care at our hospitals.”
“Every institution is unique and takes a number of factors into account in determining how best to ensure their facilities are safe and secure,” said Anthony Notaroberta, Senior Director System-Wide Security and Hospital Police at NYC Health + Hospitals. “We believe hospitals achieve this through training the best talent to ensure the security of their facilities – we are thrilled to welcome this distinguished group of special officers to NYC Health + Hospitals.”
Graduates were addressed by NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi CEO Christopher Mastromano, Senior Assistant Vice President Nick Cagliuso, Senior Director Anthony Notaroberta, and guest speaker Derek Jackson, Teamsters Local 237 with remarks and presentation of awards. Graduates were administered an oath of service, sworn in and had their Peace Officer certificates conferred.
Officers promote safety and security within NYC Health + Hospital facilities. All officers are required to attend annual in-service training to ensure compliance with the New York State’s Division of Criminal Justice Services. Living by the motto “service, safety and dignity,” officers must pledge to maintain the public peace, value human life, respect each individual and render services with courtesy, pride and civility, while displaying the highest standard of integrity.
The NYC Hospital Police Academy, established in 2015, is newly located at NYC Health + Hospitals/ Jacobi. It serves as home to the 10-week Peace Officer Training Academy, Annual Peace Officer In-Service Training and Security Guard Training. Recently, the NYC Hospital Police Academy has expanded to include other agencies such as Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) and NYC Housing during trainings.
Contact:John Doyle, NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi, 718-918-4055
About NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi
NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi is a 457-bed teaching hospital affiliated with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The facility has earned numerous Center of Excellence designations, accreditation, and recognition for its renowned Level 1 Trauma Center, Burn Center, Surgical Intensive Care Unit, regional Stroke Center, Snakebite Treatment Center, Breast Health Center, Bariatric Surgery Center, and Cancer Service. The facility also offers the region’s only multi-person hyperbaric chamber, allowing up to nine patients to dive together at one time. Jacobi’s Ambulatory Care Pavilion is a stunning complement to its inpatient acute care, allowing staff to provide patients with high-quality service in a modern, state-of-the-art environment. For more information visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org/jacobi.
About NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx
NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx (NCB) is a member facility of the New York City Health + Hospitals system, one of eleven acute care facilities within the City of New York. A 215-bed community hospital, NCBH specializes in women’s and children’s services. It also provides Behavioral Health acute and ambulatory care. Its busy outpatient department has led the way in community-based care delivered in a compassionate and culturally-appropriate manner. It’s Labor and Delivery service safely brings more than 1,000 babies into the world each year. NCBH is committed to providing safe, high-quality medical care for any and all in need. For more information visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org/northcentralbronx.
About NYC Health + Hospitals
NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest public health care system in the nation, serving more than a million New Yorkers annually in more than 70 patient care locations across the city’s five boroughs. A robust network of outpatient, neighborhood-based primary and specialty care centers anchors care coordination with the system’s trauma centers, nursing homes, post-acute care centers, home care agency, and MetroPlus health plan—all supported by 11 essential hospitals. Its diverse workforce of more than 42,000 employees is uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible. For more information, visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org and stay connected on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NYCHealthSystem or Twitter at @NYCHealthSystem.