2016-04-28 / Front Page

Local Police Officers recognized for their work in keeping our roads safer

In photo are S.C. Leg. Kara Hahn, Bellone, Officer Drayton;  First Precinct Commander Matt Lewis,  Leg. William Lindsay, Police Commissioner Tim Sini and Chief Stuart Cameron.In photo are S.C. Leg. Kara Hahn, Bellone, Officer Drayton; First Precinct Commander Matt Lewis, Leg. William Lindsay, Police Commissioner Tim Sini and Chief Stuart Cameron.Suffolk County Executive Bellone, Suffolk County Police Department Commissioner Timothy Sini and Suffolk County Stop DWI representatives honored 23 police officers, including First Precinct P.O. Weldon Drayton, Jr., and Third Precinct P.O. Olivia McMahon.

 The ceremony, held at the Suffolk County Police Academy at Suffolk County Community College, honored law enforcement agents who made the biggest difference in their respective communities in 2015.  Each department, precinct and/or command nominated an officer among their ranks who arrested the highest number of DWI offenders last year.

 “It is extremely important to us that motorists who are driving while intoxicated are stopped,” said Bellone,.  “DWI tragedies don’t just affect those involved, they impact the families of victims as well.  Suffolk County will not tolerate drunk driving on our roadways.  We are committed to arresting anyone who chooses to drink and then get behind the wheel of a car, endangering the lives of others.” 

 Suffolk County law enforcement agencies made over 15,000 DWI arrests in the past 3 years. 

 The Special Traffic Options Program for Driving While Intoxicated (STOP-DWI) is a comprehensive program specifically designed to reduce the incidence of alcohol-related traffic fatalities and injuries in New York State.  The program is supported by the fines collected from individuals convicted of alcohol-related traffic infractions.


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