Feb 06, 2020
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.