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Sheriff Announces New Sheriff's Office Citizens Advisory Board

Categories: | Author: sheriff sheriff | Posted: 1/16/2014 | Views: 5080
Initiative Aims to Increase Transparency and Citizen Involvement in County Law Enforcement
Riverhead, NY-- Sheriff Vincent F. DeMarco today announced that he has formed a Sheriff’s Office Citizens Advisory Board (SOCAB), which is a first of its kind in Suffolk County. The purpose of the SOCAB will be to collaboratively establish and implement programs that seek to resolve conflict, concerns and issues regarding the Sheriff’s Office and the community it serves. The Board will also be tasked with the establishment of sub-committees with the mission to further promote communication and understanding among various constituent groups and the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff DeMarco called the initiative an important first step in “preserving public trust in county law enforcement,” which has been the subject of intense media scrutiny in the past year.

The first meeting will be held in early February and the Board will be tasked with the following responsibilities:

• Provide annual reviews to the Sheriff concerning complaints and testimony from the community related to operations, policies and standard operating procedures of the Sheriff’s Office.
• Review and comment on programs to promote, aid and encourage community input.
• Review and comment on the development and operation of the Office’s law enforcement activities.
• Represent the Sheriff’s Office Citizens Advisory Board at community events.
• Establish regular advisory board meetings in various townships throughout the year to enable public comment.

The following individuals will comprise the Sheriff’s Office Citizens Advisory Board:

Reverend Charles A. Coverdale
Rev. Coverdale is Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Riverhead where he has served for the past thirty-one years. Reverend Coverdale has made major contributions to his local community and has ministered to inmates for many years inside the County’s correctional facilities. He has taught at prestigious universities such as American University in Washington, DC and at the Harvard Divinity School Center in Boston, Massachusetts, where he presently serves on their Leadership Council. He is a graduate of Harvard University and was awarded the prestigious Harvard Business School’s Alumni Achievement Award in 1997. Reverend Coverdale serves on numerous boards and committees in Suffolk County, representing a range of community and charitable causes.

Father Francis Pizzarelli, SMM, LCSW-R, ACSW, DCSW
Father Pizzarelli is a Montfort Missionary Roman Catholic Priest educated at Montfort College, St. John’s University, The Catholic University of America and Fordham University. He holds degrees in Sociology, Theology, and Religious Education, as well as a Masters in clinical social work, and post-graduate training as a drug and alcohol counselor. He is also a licensed clinical social worker, a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) and a member of the National Registry of Clinical Social Workers. He is well-known as the Founder and Executive Director of Hope House Ministries in Port Jefferson, a multi-faceted network of human services which touches people of all ages and backgrounds. In addition to being the full-time Executive Director of Hope House Ministries, Father Pizzarelli teaches part-time at St. Joseph's College, is a Professor of Sociology at Suffolk County Community College and has been an Adjunct Professor of Social Work at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service.

Barrie Jacobsen, LCSW-R
Ms. Jacobsen is a psychotherapist in private practice in Miller Place, New York. She specializes in individual, child and family therapy, maladaptive behaviors and issues surrounding domestic violence and substance abuse. She is also a psychiatric Social Worker at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson where she provides brief individual and family therapy, coordination of care and linkage to community resources, discharge planning as well as the development and facilitation of psycho-educational groups. Past experience includes substance abuse evaluation and treatment of court mandated clients, as well as assessment and diagnosis of patients experiencing acute psychiatric crisis. Ms. Jacobsen has received training and is presently involved with the Crisis Care Network, providing Critical Incidence Stress Debriefing as well as training with The Red Cross as a Mental Health Specialist. She earned her Master of Social Work Degree from the State University of New York in 1999.


Jaime Marcos, Esq.
Jaime A. Marcos is an attorney with the law firm Marcos & Negron, LLP which he help established in 1995. He graduated from Hofstra University in 1985 and received his JD from CUNY Law/City University of New York, School of Law in 1994. In 1989, he enlisted in the Marine Reserves and attained the rank of Sergeant. Mr. Marcos served as Vice President of the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association and has been Legal Counsel to Adelante of Suffolk County, The Long Island Portuguese Club and serves as Executive Vice President of Pronto of Long Island. He was honored at the 2009 Somos El Futuro conference, as well as at the 2010 Puerto Rican Day Parade in Bay Shore/Brentwood, New York. In October of 2011, during Hispanic Heritage Month, he was also honored for his work by the Suffolk County Executive.


Robert Lloyd
Robert Lloyd is the Executive Director of the Long Island Citizens for Community Values. He has spent more than 25 years working with families in communities across Long Island. Mr. Lloyd had experienced what life was like in the prison system. As a former heroin dealer, he served years in prison and was sentenced to lifetime on parole. After leaving prison, Mr. Lloyd helped pioneer Long Island’s first Teen Challenge program and has since reached thousands of young people with a motivational message about how one man can turn his life around. As a result of his work, Mr. Lloyd was later pardoned by New York State Governor Mario Cuomo. He has been invited to participate and testify at New York State Senate hearings, as well as other government and community forums. He was awarded the prestigious Excelsior Award by the New York State Assembly, and in 2011, he was appointed to serve on the NYS Amistad Commission by Senator Dean G. Skelos.

Daniel Wild
Daniel Wild is a retired Police Officer from the New York City Police Department and a veteran of the United States Armed Forces. Prior to his service on the police force, he served for four years in the United States Navy (1980-1984) and also in the Army Reserves. He is a member of the American Legion.

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