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Professional Programs

Debra Hairston-Parker,

Deborah Walker,
Office Manager

212-484-1388 (F)

OSP Programs


The New York City Police Department’s Managing Situations Involving Emotionally Disturbed Persons (EDPs), or Emergency Psychology Technician (EPT) program: 

A multi-year contract operated through the CUNY Research Foundation and funded by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, which has run at the College for twenty years. The EDP Programs train over 4,000 uniformed members of the NYPD per year. The College offers a one-day program to all uniformed members of the NYPD and a five-day, thirty-hour program for the Police Department’s Emergency Service Officers and Hostage Negotiators. Two blanket credits, which can apply to a John Jay degree, are awarded to officers who complete the five-day program. The faculty members who develop, review, and revise the curriculum and teach the courses are John Jay College Psychology Department faculty. They have set the learning objectives and are responsible for assessing whether the objectives are being met. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene regularly monitors the courses through direct observation. In addition, the program administers surveys to participants.


The Department of Homeless Services Training Program:

Serves approximately 675 officers annually with four different courses. This is a state-certified program, tailored for the agency. The curriculum and exams are state-mandated. The state certifies the students who have successfully completed the course and passed the exam. Seventy percent of enrollees pass on the first try, and the agency regularly monitors outcomes. Courses include:

  • 35hr  Basic Peace Officer Training Program
  • 14hr Initial Weapons Training Program


The Public Service Workshops Program (PSWP):

Funded through the New York State Public Employees Federation AFL-CIO collective bargaining agreement, provides more than 44 different workshops and at least five credit-bearing courses to address the continuing professional development needs of this workforce. Sample courses include, but are not limited to:

  • Investigative Interviewing Workshop
  • Supervising Paroloees and Inmates with Mental Health Issues
  • PSWP-Legal Writing for Non-Attorneys