Highway Patrol Bureau


HIGHWAY PATROL BUREAU                                           

 

           

 

   
 Frequently Asked Questions
 
The Highway Patrol Bureau has been an integral and highly visible component of the Suffolk County Police Department since the inception of the agency in 1960. The composition and agenda of the Bureau has changed over the years in an ongoing effort to serve all the communities of Suffolk County as their needs change and grow. The Highway Patrol Bureau is comprised of the following sections and units, each of which is responsible for services vital to roadway safety in Suffolk County:  
 
 Highway Enforcement Section    
     
  This section has total responsibility for patrolling and providing comprehensive police service for the Long Island Expressway (I495), including the High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes (HOV), and the limited access portions of Sunrise Highway (RTE 27) contained within the Police District. In addition to the patrol duties on these routes, this section also provides a wide range of services, such as; Intoxilyzer breath testing, tactical response, escort assistance, HOV Lane efficiency/enforcement, and traffic control for events and roadway maintenance/repair.

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 Motorcycle Section    
     
 

The Motorcycle Section has the primary responsibility to provide police escorts ranging from funerals to high risk, high profile escorts for local and foreign dignitaries, including Presidential Escorts. The officers assigned to this section are responsible for selective enforcement of Vehicle and Traffic Laws, and calibration of speedometers of both Departmental and outside agency vehicles. 

 
     
 Motor Carrier Safety Section  
     
 

This section (MCSS) was formed in 1984 in response to the increasing incidence and severity of crashes involving commercial motor vehicles in Suffolk County.  This is a proactive unit that enforces federal, state and local laws concerning commercial motor vehicles. They are also responsible for conducting commercial motor vehicle crash investigations within the police district and in the five eastern towns.

 
     
 Selective Alcohol Fatality Enforcement Team    
     
  This section (SAFE-T) consists of officers dedicated to enforcement of New York’s Driving While Intoxicated laws. Their primary objective is to arrest drivers who travel on our roadways while they are intoxicated or impaired by drugs. Removal of these drivers from Suffolk County roadways is crucial to reducing traffic fatalities.  
     
Suffolk Intensified Traffic Enforcement  
     
               

This section (SITE) consists of officers dedicated to the enforcement of the NY State Vehicle and Traffic Law within Suffolk County.  Targeted locations will be the high speed corridors in the Precincts where fatalities, crashes, and aggressive drivers are prevalent.  The team will respond to assignments from the Office of the Chief of Patrol. Additional enforcement will be predicated upon requests from the Precincts and quarterly traffic intelligence obtained from each precinct.

 
     
 Breath Test Unit  
     
  This unit is responsible for the repair, maintenance and calibration of all stationary and portable breath test units for the Suffolk County Police Department and other agencies within Suffolk County. The officers in this unit are responsible for training both SCPD officers and officers from outside agencies in the operation of these instruments and to certify them as NYS certified Breath Analysis Operators.  The Breath Test Unit acts as a liaison between the District Attorney's Office, the Medical Examiner's Office, and the Police Department in matters pertaining to Driving While Intoxicated testing.