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06/26/17 6:00am
06/26/2017 6:00 AM

The Riverhead Town Police Department will have three new members, effective June 25.

On Tuesday, the Town Board appointed Robert Sproston, Christie Smith and Christopher Pendzick as full-time officers. All had previously worked as part-time officers.

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01/10/17 1:56pm
01/10/2017 1:56 PM

Jack Doscinski

The Riverhead Town Police Department is purchasing a new dog to replace Vaki, who died in August at 8 years old.

Supervisor Sean Walter said the Riverhead Police Benevolent Association has worked with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office to reimburse the town for the cost.

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04/14/16 9:00am
04/14/2016 9:00 AM

Riverside traffic circle

After years of feeling like they’ve been ignored, homeowners in the Riverside and Flanders area are “thrilled” to see more cops on patrol.

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12/10/15 6:00am
12/10/2015 6:00 AM

Riverhead Cops police Headquarters

Following a trend within Suffolk County, Riverhead’s town police are generally paid about 30 percent more than the state average for town police, according to data released this week by Albany think tank The Empire Center.

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11/26/14 3:39pm
Police Chief David Hegermiller says he would hope this part of the country is 'ahead of the curve' on race relations between police and minority communities. (Credit: file)

Chief David Hegermiller says he hopes this part of the country is ahead on race relations between police and minority communities. (Credit: file)

In the wake of riots that erupted in Ferguson, Mo. this week after a grand jury declined to indict the police officer who shot and killed a black teenager, Michael Brown, local police chiefs offered their take on the case — and longstanding racial tensions nationwide between police departments and minority communities.

Peaceful protests were also being held at cities across the U.S., though none in this area. (more…)

11/15/14 12:25pm
11/15/2014 12:25 PM
A shooting 'victim' is escorted from Riley Avenue Elementary School during Saturday morning's active shooter drill. (Credit: Michael White)

A shooting ‘victim’ is escorted from Riley Avenue Elementary School during Saturday morning’s active shooter drill. (Credit: Michael White)

David Wicks said he couldn’t help but get a bit emotional during Saturday’s active shooter drill in Calverton, where police and ambulance workers simulated a mass shooting inside Riley Avenue Elementary School.

About 70 high school students and other volunteers also participated in the drill, during which two people were “killed,” and several others were dragged from the school or carried out, fake-bloodied and bandaged.

A Suffolk police helicopter also landed in a nearby field.

“It was very real for me; I had chills,” said Mr. Wicks, a Riverhead School District assistant superintendent. “I felt myself getting emotional. The real sobering thing is how much time can pass before help gets here.

“But it made me feel good because our lockdown procedures do help.”

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07/10/14 4:54pm
07/10/2014 4:54 PM
Kenneth Belcher's mug shot (Credit: Riverhead Police Department)

Kenneth Belcher’s mug shot (Credit: Riverhead Police Department)

Following a news report earlier Thursday, Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller confirmed Friday that a 46-year-old Riverhead man accused of beating and robbing a man early Monday is a “possible suspect” in a string of other assaults and robberies in the area. (more…)