Riverhead cop honored for most DWI arrests in Suffolk

PHOTO COURTESY SUFFOLK COUNTY POLICE | Riverhead Police Chief David Hegemiller, Officer Timothy Murphy and Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer

A Riverhead Town Police officer was honored Tuesday night for his efforts in putting an end to drunk driving.

Suffolk County Police said Riverhead officer Timothy Murphy made 86 DWI arrests in 2010, the most of any officer in Suffolk County. He was awarded a proclamation and an award by Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer at a ceremony at the H. Lee Dennison Building in Hauppauge.

Ten officers from the Suffolk County Police Department and 14 from other departments were honored as well.

“Drunk driving is one of the deadliest crimes someone can commit,” Commissioner Dormer said. “Law enforcement officers are the front line defense between the public and drunk drivers. Each time a police officer stops and arrests a drunk driver; the officer is preventing that person from causing injury or death to themselves or another.”

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