Division of Criminal Justice Services

Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) Requests

To request access to a record maintained by the Division of Criminal Justice Services pursuant to the New York State Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), you must make your request in writing.  Please be as specific as possible in describing the record(s) in which you are interested.  

Within five business days of the receipt of a written request, we will send a written acknowledgement that we have received the request. Please send your inquiry using one of the following methods:

Use the Open FOIL NY online request form: 

Use land mail, FAX or e-mail:

Records Access Office
NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services
Alfred E. Smith Building
80 South Swan St.
Albany, New York 12210
FAX: (518) 457-2416
E-mail: foil@dcjs.ny.gov

Records will be provided by either land mail or e-mail. Upon request, records will be made available for inspection or copying at the Division Offices at above address between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appointments are required.

FOIL Appeals

FOIL appeals may be submitted by e-mail to foil@dcjs.ny.gov or land mail to:
Counsel, Division of Criminal Justice Services
80 South Swan St.
Albany, NY 12210.

Questions or comments: foil@dcjs.ny.gov

Subject Matter Listing of Records

The Division’s Subject Matter Listing of Records contains a current list by subject matter of all records in the possession of the Division, whether or not available under the Freedom of Information Law.  This list in updated annually in March.

For more information about the state’s Freedom of Information Law or Open Meetings Law, contact the New York State Committee on Open Government: http://www.dos.ny.gov/coog/index.html

Public Meetings

A schedule of public meetings, which includes meeting agendas and documents to be discussed, is available on the DCJS website.

Meetings also are streamed live to the extent practical and a video recording of each meeting is posted within two business days of the meeting date for a period of 30 days.

Documents, Forms, Publications, Reports and Statistics

Many documents, forms and reports used, maintained or published by the Division of Criminal Justice Services are posted to the DCJS website. Prior to filing a FOIL request, please consider consulting this list and reviewing the links that follow to determine whether the document or information you seek is among those listed.

If you are a member of the media, you also may contact the DCJS Public Information Office at pressinfo@dcjs.ny.gov or (518) 457-8828 to learn whether information you seek, particularly statistical data, may be available without a FOIL.

Annual Reports and Required Publications
Includes current and archived publications and reports on topics including domestic violence, hate crimes, law enforcement accreditation, asset forfeiture and juvenile justice

Criminal Justice Directory

Criminal Justice Statistics
Includes reported crime, including hate crimes and domestic violence victim data, arrest statistics and disposition information, in addition to a variety of juvenile justice data

Drug Law Reform Reports and Presentations
Includes reports and presentations details trends as a result of changes made in 2007 to the state's drug laws

Doing Business with DCJS
Includes forms and manuals about the procurement process in addition to information about the state's Minority and Women-Owned Business initiative

Ignition Interlock Device Program Information
Includes regulations and laws regarding the use of ignition interlock devices, vendors approved to do business in New York State, the type of interlock devices available and the county-by-county list of ignition interlock device monitors

Law Enforcement Agency Accreditation Program
Includes the Accreditation Program Standards Manual, forms and other documents for agencies seeking to accreditation

Police and Peace Officer Training
Includes minimum requirements for police officers, training guides for police, peace and correction officer basic training, medical and physical standards and procedures for police officer candidates

Probation Rules and Regulations
Rules and regulations pertaining to county probation departments

New York State Forensic Laboratory Report Standardization Manual
Details standardized guidelines for the wording of laboratory reports from forensic laboratories accredited by New York State

Security Guard Training
Includes information about mandated training courses, a list of schools approved to provide training, regulations and applications

Sex Offender Statistics
Includes county-by-county statistics on the number of sex offenders, by risk level, in each county

Uniform Crime Reporting and Incident Based Crime Reporting Programs for Law Enforcement
Includes reference materials, crime reporting alerts, training modules and videos, and forms and publications to assist agencies in sending crime data to the state