Suffolk County Police

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The Suffolk County Police Department will have 175 new police officers by next summer.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone says he will nearly triple the size of this year’s police class to offset a spike in retirement over the next three years.

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Eight years ago, Latinos complained that Suffolk County police were ignoring them. They complained about beatings and thefts. They complained that police did nothing and even discouraged them from filing reports.

After the hate-motivated killing of an Ecuadorian immigrant, the U.S. Justice Department investigated. To settle that investigation, Suffolk agreed to reforms and federal monitoring.

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Suffolk County Police have rescued three men and the search continues for a fourth man after a small plane crashed into Long Island Sound on Saturday night.

A student pilot was flying the plane when it began to experience engine trouble. His instructor took over and attempted an emergency landing into Setauket Harbor. Suffolk Police Commissioner Timothy Sini said it was officers’ bold actions that saved 3 lives.

Sgt. Paul Mercready was one of several officers that took kayaks from Port Jefferson residents to reach the victims.

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Latino rights advocates are accusing the Suffolk County Police Department of mishandling an investigation into the death of a migrant laborer. While critics stop short of alleging a cover up, they are calling on the federal government to take over the investigation.

The complaint dates back to a 2010 attack against two migrant workers from Mastic. The men went on a drinking binge and, at some point, were viciously attacked by multiple people, who beat and sodomized them.

One of the victims survived. The other did not.

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A bill coming before the Suffolk County legislature would require county police, among other things, to get a college degree if they want a promotion above the rank of captain. But the bill will likely hit stiff resistance from police unions.  

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