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Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney K. Harrison

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Officer Kevin Farina, center, with New York State Senator Dean Murray and Police Commissioner Rodney K. Harrison. Photo from SCPD
Suffolk County Police Officer Kevin Farina was awarded with the New York State Liberty Award on Aug. 31 for his efforts saving two people from a burning car in June.
New York State Senator Dean Murray, along with Police Commissioner Rodney K. Harrison, presented the award to the Sixth Precinct officer during a ceremony at Police Headquarters in Yaphank. Officer Farina was on his way to work on June 24 when he observed an overturned vehicle off the road in Farmingville. Officer Farina and two off-duty NYPD officers pulled two people to safety as the vehicle caught fire.
Below is a summary of the incident:

Off-duty officer and good samaritans pull victims from burning vehicle in Farmingville

An off-duty Suffolk County Police Department Sixth Precinct police officer and two good Samaritans pulled two people out of a vehicle that caught fire following a motor vehicle crash in Farmingville on June 24.

Maribel Ramirez was driving a 2014 Honda northbound on County Road 83, near South Bicycle Path, when the vehicle struck a guard rail and overturned at approximately 5:20 a.m. Off-duty Sixth Precinct police officer Kevin Farina, who was on his way to work, observed the overturned vehicle and stopped to assist. The vehicle caught fire as Officer Farina and two good Samaritans pulled Maribel Ramirez, 45, of Coram, and her passenger, Mario Ramirez, 41, of Coram, out of the vehicle. Both victims were uninjured.

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Donations aimed at improving roadway safety

Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney K. Harrison will distribute reflective vests to pedestrians and bicyclists as part of the department’s ongoing roadway safety programs during a press conference in Patchogue in front of 116 East Main Street in Patchogue on September 5 at 12:30 p.m.

Home Depot donated reflective vests to the department that will be available, while supplies last, at Suffolk County Police Headquarters in Yaphank. Community Relations Bureau and COPE officers will also distribute the vests as well as reflective stickers for children’s bicycles.

Roadway safety is an issue that impacts everyone in Suffolk County and the department has focused on enforcement efforts to discourage reckless behavior on our roads. These donations are aimed at improving visibility and provide a level of protection against potential injuries.


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Officer Yasmin Gallant with Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney K. Harrison. Photo from SCPD

Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney K. Harrison has appointed Police Officer Yasmin Gallant as the department’s Latino Liaison Officer, a position aimed at continuing to build relationships between the department and Latino residents.

Officer Gallant has been a member of the department since 2017, most recently assigned as the Fifth Precinct’s Community Liaison Officer. In her new role, Officer Gallant, who is bilingual, will conduct proactive outreach with residents, businesses, schools, and houses of worship. She will regularly attend meetings and events.

Officer Gallant’s role will be two-fold—providing information to the community as well as listening to their concerns. She is available to help individuals understand their rights in domestics and landlord/tenant disputes, as well as provide direction on how to file a police report or a complaint and will meet regularly with Commissioner Harrison to relay any concerns or misinformation in the community and offer solutions to bridge the gap.

“Officer Gallant has already made a difference locally as a Community Liaison Officer as well as in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Fiona where she brought supplies and volunteered to help residents,” Commissioner Harrison said. “She is the right person for this job as she brings understanding and knowledge and I believe the department’s relationships with the Latino community will become even stronger.”

“I am honored that Commissioner Harrison has assigned me to such an important, meaningful role,” Officer Gallant said. “My hope is to develop relationships between the department and the Latino community as well as keep lines of communication open. We are listening and we want to know what is happening in your community.”

“Building relationships between the Police Department and the residents it serves was one of the key components of the 2021 Suffolk County Police Reform and Reinvention plan,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said. “I commend Commissioner Harrison for continuing to implement the reforms of this plan and for appointing Officer Yasmin Gallant as our Latino Liaison Officer continuing to highlight the importance of fostering community relationships.”

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The Suffolk County Police Department will host three community meetings to provide information and address concerns regarding the upcoming implementation of ShotSpotter in Suffolk County communities.

According to ShotSpotter, the technology detects 90% of gunshots in the coverage area, a contrast to the nationwide average of less than 20% of gunfire being reported to police. ShotSpotter notifies police in less than one minute with information including the location, number of shots and time of discharge.

The placement of ShotSpotter sensors were selected based on previous calls for shots fired. ShotSpotter will be installed in Bay Shore, Brentwood, Central Islip, Coram, Huntington Station, Mastic, North Amityville, North Bellport and Wyandanch.

“This technology is another tool in our arsenal to continue our efforts to reduce crime and remain proactive here in Suffolk County,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said. “ShotSpotter is a part of our comprehensive approach to enhance our Department’s ability to investigate, prevent and respond to criminal incidents in our communities.”

“While Suffolk County is considered one of the safest communities in the country, the utilization of ShotSpotter will be an additional tool to deter gun violence,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney K. Harrison said. “The implementation of this technology will aid officers when responding to calls of shots fired by notifying them sooner, and more accurately, as well as during subsequent investigations.”

The meetings will be held at the SCPD Second Precinct, located at 1071 Park Ave. in Huntington, on May 15 at 6 p.m.; at the Brentwood Public Library, located at 34 Second Ave. in Brentwood, on May 16 at 6 p.m.; and at the SCPD Sixth Precinct, located at 400 Route 25 in Selden, on May 17 at 6 p.m.