From its Special Operations division to the K-9, Emergency Services, and Harbor units, the New York City Department of Corrections (DOC) played a pivotal role in the initial September 11 response effort and at Ground Zero throughout the recovery period. As its own entity, the DOC employs thousands of uniformed officers and civilian staff; their tireless service included coverage on site, at the morgue, and at the Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island, all while maintaining the security of inmates across the city.
On July 19, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum hosted members of the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association, Correction Captains’ Association, and Assistant Deputy Wardens and Deputy Wardens Association – along with their families – for a special Community Evenings visit highlighting the DOC’s contributions in the wake of the attacks. Learn more about the Museum’s permanent collection of objects, documents, and images – including the shirt of a DOC Emergency Service Unit responder – here.
To learn more about the DOC’s role on September 11, 2001 and in the months that followed, you may also search the 9/11 Memorial Registries.
By Nate Crystal, Government and Community Affairs Intern, 9/11 Memorial & Museum