Four days before the mass shooting in Las Vegas that ended with 59 deaths and hundreds of injuries, representatives of law enforcement agencies from across Suffolk County gathered in Riverhead for the public unveiling of new equipment designed to aid officers in an active shooter or terrorist situation.
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.
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.
On Monday afternoon, Dallas Police Chief David Brown addressed the nation during a press conference about the tragedy facing his city and the difficult time in history Americans are living through.
After years of feeling like they’ve been ignored, homeowners in the Riverside and Flanders area are “thrilled” to see more cops on patrol.
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.
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…)
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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