County Executive Bellone, Commissioner Webber Announce Added Holiday Patrols

Downtowns and retail centers to see enhanced presence; Officers to crack down on drunk and impaired drivers.

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Suffolk County, NY - November 27th, 2013 - Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Suffolk County Police Commissioner Edward Webber announce plans today to increase police patrols in shopping centers and on roadways during the holiday season.

Suffolk County Police will be conducting high visibility patrol and enforcement—from November 27 through January 1—making every effort to keep residents safe on our roadways and in areas with increased crowds. Officers will be on foot, bicycle and vehicle patrols in downtowns and shopping areas to increase safety and security and assist with crowd control if necessary.  Auxiliary police officers and officers from the Canine and Emergency Service Sections and Highway Patrol Bureau will be also be utilized when available.

As always, Suffolk County police will take a zero-tolerance approach for anyone driving under the influence and placing the public in danger. In addition to enhanced patrols, traffic safety checkpoints will be conducted to focus on drivers who are violating laws pertaining to driving while intoxicated and the use of seatbelt and cellphones while driving.

“I wish everyone a very happy and safe holiday season,” County Executive Bellone said.  “The Suffolk County Police Department is doing all it can to ensure a safe holiday season for Suffolk County residents. As you are hosting parties within your home please continue to abide by Suffolk County’s Social Host law.”

“We want residents to enjoy this festive season and we are asking them to make responsible decisions to ensure a safe holiday for themselves and others,” Commissioner Webber said. “Our officers will be saturating the roadways looking for those violating the law.”

The department’s annual Handicapped Enforcement Initiative will also begin and officers will increase enforcement of handicapped parking regulations.