Office of Special Programs

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Office of Special and
Professional Programs

Debra Hairston-Parker,

Deborah Walker,
Office Manager

212-484-1388 (F)

The Office of Special and

Professional Programs

Criminal justice professionals and the public often cross paths, making for situations as complex as society itself. Practitioners need a place to turn to for education and training that helps them address unique situations. The Office of Special Programs (OSP) is responsible for the design and implementation of innovative courses that meet the changing needs of police and other public safety agencies. The OSP works with public agencies to address emerging issues in criminal justice and new approaches to policing. The office works with agencies to understand their needs, design curriculum, and administer and implement programs.

Currently, the OSP is responsible for three training programs:

  • The New York City Police Department’s Managing Situations Involving Emotionally Disturbed Persons (EDPs), or Emergency Psychology Technician (EPT) program
  • The Department of Homeless Services Training Program
  • The Public Service Workshops Program (PSWP)

More information on these three programs is available at the OSP Programs page.