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COUNTY EXECUTIVE HONORS TOP COPS

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STOP-DWI Program recognizes Twenty-Four Police Officers for Most DWI Arrests in Suffolk County

(Brentwood, New York-February 26, 2013) – County Executive Bellone was joined by Legislators Hahn, Calarco and Cilmi as well as SCPD Chief James Burke and Sheriff Vincent DeMarco to honor twenty four Suffolk County Police Officers for making the most DWI arrests in Suffolk County.  The prestigious ceremony, held at the Suffolk County Police Academy, honored all the officers and awarded one sheriff with the Top Cop award after making 108 arrests this year.

“These officers have saved hundreds of lives by making DWI a priority and arresting those individuals who make the irresponsible decision to drive drunk,” said County Executive Bellone.  “Suffolk County police agencies made over 5,100 arrests in 2012 and more than 15,000 DWI arrests in the past 3 years. Suffolk County will not tolerate drunk driving on our roadways.  We remain committed to arresting anyone who chooses to drink and then get behind the wheel of a car, endangering the lives of others.”   

The following officers were honored at the ceremony:

NYS Trooper Michael Grosso

Officer Steven Sheades

Officer John Mercuio

Sheriff Gregory Turzer

Officer David Driscoll

Officer Robert Verdu

Officer Kimberleigh McMahon

Officer Steven McManus

Officer Jaime Bustamante

Officer Vincent Rantinella

Officer Timothy Murphy

Officer Jason Ostrow

Officer Christopher Drake

Officer Keith Phillips

Officer Brandon Neal

Officer Peter Onufrak

Officer Gregory Sandbickler

Officer Ari Kirsh

Officer Joseph Slack

Officer Derrick Hall

Officer Roger Kleber

Officer David Leath

Officer Harry Joss

Officer John Galvin

 

Bellone was joined by several advocates from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) at the ceremony to recognize the valiant efforts of the police officers.

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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County Executive Bellone was joined by Legislators Hahn, Calarco and Cilmi as well as SCPD Chief James Burke and Sheriff Vincent DeMarco to honor twenty four Suffolk County Police Officers

 



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