Top Cops Honored For Anti-DWI Efforts

Highway Patrol Officer Harry Jos, of Huntington, is accompanied by lawmakers and police leaders.

Highway Patrol Officer Harry Jos, of Huntington, is accompanied by lawmakers and police leaders.

Some of Suffolk County’s top cops who serve, protect and live in the Town of Huntington were honored recently by county leaders.

Led by County Executive Steve Bellone, Legislators Sarah Anker, Kate Browning and Kara Hahn and Suffolk Police Chief James Burke and Assistant Deputy County Executive Tim Sini, honored 22 officers for making the most DWI arrests in Suffolk County.

Northport PD Officer Michael Gigante is congratulated by Northport PD Chief Ric Bruckenthal and elected officials.

Northport PD Officer Michael Gigante is congratulated by Northport PD Chief Ric Bruckenthal and elected officials.

The ceremony, held at the Suffolk County Police Academy, honored all the officers and awarded one sheriff with the Top Cop award after making 143 arrests this year.

“These officers have saved hundreds of lives by making DWI a priority and arresting those individuals who make the irresponsible decision to drink and drive,” Bellone said.

The STOP-DWI program, Special Traffic Options Program for Driving While Intoxicated, is a comprehensive program designed to reduce the incidence of alcohol-related traffic fatalities and injuries in New York State. In Suffolk County, the program is 100 percent supported by the fines that are collected from individuals that are convicted of alcohol and/or drug related traffic infractions.

Officer Josh Parsons, holding the proclamation, pictured with local officials.

Officer Josh Parsons, holding the proclamation, pictured with local officials.

Suffolk County police and local village departments made over 3,800 DWI arrests in 2014, making for more than 14,000 over the last three years, Bellone said.

In 2014, 45 people were killed in Suffolk County by the reckless behavior of drunk drivers. However, since 2012, arrests and deaths have decreased by one-quarter, respectively.