It wasn’t any particular arrest that led to Riverhead Town Police Officer Matt Neknez earning the department’s Officer of the Year honors. What made him stand out was the constant professionalism and consistent policing record since joining the department full-time in 2015.
Riverhead police officer Chris Burns is sworn in by Supervisor Sean Walter in 2012. (Credit: Tim Gannon, file)
Riverhead Police Officer Christopher Burns already had his department’s “officer of the year” award in the bag by Dec. 29, according to Police Chief David Hegermiller, who makes the choice.
But on the night of Dec. 29, Mr. Burns added the icing to the cake when he helped rescue a man who had fallen into the icy waters of the Peconic River. (more…)
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Riverhead Town Police Captain Richard Smith, center, with officers Dennis Cavanagh, left, and Michael Lombardo at Friday’s Southampton Kiwanis Police Awards Ceremony.
Riverhead Town police officers Dennis Cavanagh and Michael Lombardo were honored Friday as the department’s Officers of the Year for their quick actions in apprehending four drive-by shooting suspects. (more…)