DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION TO INCREASE SAFETY FOR OFFICERS WITH DEDICATED ESU TEAMS FOR HIGHEST-RISK FACILITIES, ADDITIONAL TASERS, AND INCREASED COOPERATION WITH NYPD GANG INTEL BUREAU
The Department will enact a series of security measures, which will be completed this summer, meant to disrupt and significantly reduce violence in city jails and offer COs more protection
NEW YORK— The de Blasio Administration announced today nearly $4.5 million to fund a rapid increase of safety and security measures designed to immediately address violence against New York City Department of Correction officers.
DOC plans a series of enhancements, which include:
These actions are being taken in response to recent unprovoked attacks against the city’s correction officers. The rollout is designed to disrupt the gang activity responsible for many of these vicious assaults and to safeguard those entrusted with keeping our city safe.
“With these high-visibility and comprehensive measures, we send a clear message to the gangs and violent inmates behind the recent attacks against our officers: We aren’t tolerating it,” said Department of Correction Commissioner Cynthia Brann. “These steps will be taken immediately to boost safety for our staff, especially those working in our highest-risk facilities. We want all our officers and staff to know that we have their backs, and they have the full support of the security apparatus at the Department’s disposal. We are acting aggressively to make sure our jails are safe.”
The following measures will be completed by the end of June. We will:
About the New York City Department of Correction
The New York City Department of Correction (DOC) provides for the care, custody, and control of persons accused of crimes or convicted and sentenced to one year or less of jail time. The Department manages 12 inmate facilities, nine of which are located on Rikers Island. In addition, the Department operates two hospital Prison Wards (Bellevue and Elmhurst hospitals) and court holding facilities in each borough. During Fiscal Year 2017, the Department handled over 58,000 admissions and managed an average daily inmate population of approximately 9,500 individuals. Our dedicated workforce of both uniformed and non-uniformed staff members represent the city’s BOLDEST.