Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini has announced the arrest of a Suffolk County Police officer for allegedly failing to respond to calls for police assistance to which he was dispatched and filing false reports claiming to have responded to those calls.
Matthew Drury, 34, of Lake Grove, is charged with six counts of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, a class E felony; six counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, a class E felony; and six counts of Official Misconduct, a class A misdemeanor.
Drury has been employed by the Suffolk County Police Department since September 2016 and was assigned to the Fourth Precinct Patrol Section. He has been suspended without pay, according to the Police Department.
The Suffolk County Police Department’s Internal Affairs Bureau referred the case to the District Attorney’s Office for criminal investigation. Thereafter, an investigation by the District Attorney’s Office’s Public Integrity Bureau revealed that on six occasions, Drury allegedly did not respond to incidents to which he was dispatched and later submitted falsified reports indicating that he had responded. The incidents were as follows:
- A request for emergency response involving a 75-year-old male on May 1, 2020
- A disturbance at a residence on May 1, 2020
- A request for emergency response involving a 90-year-old female on April 26, 2020
- A request for emergency response involving a 46-year-old female on April 26, 2020
- A commercial alarm on April 26, 2020
- A disturbance in front of a commercial property on Oct. 21, 2020
Emergency medical services were also dispatched and responded to the three aided cases.
Drury was arraigned on the charges today in Suffolk County First District Court and was released on his own recognizance. He is being represented by Anthony LaPinta and is due back in court on Oct. 14.
If convicted of the top count, Drury faces a maximum sentence of one and one-third to four years in prison.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Sean Buckley, of the Public Integrity Bureau.
A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.