Public Safety

Public Safety involves the protection of the general population from all manner of significant danger, injury, damage or harm, such as may occur in a natural disaster, and the prevention of the same. This protection is typically provided by emergency services organizations such as police, fire and EMS. Additional organizations may include consumer protection, the emergency telephone number system, animal control officers, various utility inspectors, and others.

Suffolk County Police Department

Suffolk County Police DepartmentThe Suffolk County Police Department started operations on January 1,1960, with a total force of 619 sworn officers. Currently there are over 2,700 sworn members, well over 600 civilian members and almost 400 School Crossing Guards.

The department provides all police services for the Suffolk County Police District, comprised of the five western towns of Babylon, Brookhaven, Huntington, Islip, and Smithtown.

The department also provides various police services as needed for eight incorporated villages within the five western towns which maintain their own police departments, as well as for the eleven town and village police located in the five eastern towns of the county.

The nine hundred square miles of Suffolk County are located on Long Island and are separated from the City of New York by only twenty miles. Suffolk County is, therefore, experiencing just about every law enforcement problem applicable to the largest metropolitan area of the country.

John L. Barry Police Headquarters
30 Yaphank Avenue
Yaphank, NY 11980

Fire, Rescue & Emergency Services (FRES) 

Fire, Rescue and Emergency ServicesThe Suffolk County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services (FRES) is committed today to serving the residents of Suffolk County and the emergency responders who are dedicated to saving lives and protecting property.

The administration section provides personnel and financial management, coordinates the Deputy County Fire Coordinators program, and operates the county's mobile fire rescue command post.

The Fire Marshals Office (FMO) performs code enforcement and inspections, fire investigations, public education, technical assistance to the fire and EMS agencies of Suffolk, supports the emergency management operation, and staffs various positions within the county's incident command structure. The Fire Rescue Communication section is a component of the FMO.

The Communications Center is an enhanced 911 facility handling fire and EMS calls and dispatching units. The dispatchers must be New York State certified Emergency Medical Technicians to be hired and maintain national certification as Emergency Medical Dispatchers. These same Emergency Services Dispatchers are utilized to staff the mobile command post along with county fire marshals. Last year, the communications center processed approximately 155,000 fire and EMS emergencies.

PO Box 127
Yaphank, NY 11980-0127

Office of Emergency Management

Office of Emergency ManagementThe Office of Emergency Management (OEM) coordinates the county's response to natural and manmade disasters. OEM personnel are responsible for the operation of the county's Emergency Operation Center (EOC) and work with local, state, and federal officials in shelter management, planning, resource management, and radiological response coordination.

PO Box 127
Yaphank, NY 11980-0127
(631) 852-4900
Evening & Weekend: (631) 852-4815

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) 

Emergency Medical ServicesThe Division of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) provides education and support to the Suffolk County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agencies, and coordinates the components of the Emergency Medical Services system. Every year the division attempts tp increase emergency preparedness efforts, coordinated educational offerings with quality improvement efforts, expanded educational opportunities, and continued to focus on EMS system quality improvement in conjunction with the Regional Emergency Medical Services Council (REMSCO).

H. Lee Dennison Building
1st Floor
Hauppauge, New York 11788
(631) 853-5800