The Office of Special Investigations (OSI) conducts investigations and operations to prevent, detect, identify, expose and eliminate criminal activity, misconduct, fraud, waste, abuse, corruption, and other improper behavior within the Department, as well as apprehend and transport absconders, escapees and fugitives.
To help advance the Department’s objectives by fostering accountability and integrity within the Department.
- Internal affairs investigations
- Narcotics investigations
- Sex crimes investigations
- Counter-terrorism and threat investigations
- Criminal intelligence and analysis
- Intake of complaints
- Apprehension and transportation of parole absconders, escapees and fugitives
When making a complaint, please provide OSI with the following information:
- Details about the alleged incident
- Who was involved
- Time and place of the incident
- Identity of any victim
- Names of any witnesses
Next steps. After receiving the complaint, the Office of Special Investigations (OSI) will evaluate it to determine whether it falls within OSI’s mission. If an investigation is warranted, OSI will open a case and assign it to an investigator. If the investigation establishes evidence of criminal conduct, OSI will refer the case for criminal prosecution. If there is sufficient evidence that a DOCCS’ employee engaged in misconduct in violation of a DOCCS’ policy, then OSI will refer the case to the Department’s Bureau of Labor Relations for consideration of employee disciplinary charges.
The Office of Special Investigations has a strict policy to maintain confidentiality within the bounds of the law of any complainant who requests confidentiality. A confidential complainant’s identity will not be disclosed unless the complainant consents to the disclosure or OSI is required by law or court order to disclose the complainant’s identity. In addition, “whistle-blower” protection pursuant to New York State law may apply to a State employee who reports misconduct.
File a Complaint
To file a complaint:
Complete a standardized complaint form and mail to:
Office of Special Investigations - Intake Unit
New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
Harriman State Office Campus
1220 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12226-2050
Be On The Lookout
Find out which individuals are wanted by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision's (DOCCS) Office of Special Investigations who have been designated as its Most Wanted Fugitives. They should be considered ARMED and DANGEROUS.
NEVER attempt to apprehend a fugitive yourself. If you have information on the location of any of these fugitives, you can contact DOCCS Office of Special Investigations 24 hours a day/7 days a week to report it. All leads and tips are treated as confidential information.