Community Liaison Program/COPE Officer Program
Community Liaison Officers [CLOs] and Community Oriented Police Engagement [COPE] Officers are assigned to each of the seven precincts, serving as a bridge between the Department and the communities it serves. They work with an array of individual community members, advocacy groups, business owners, school officials, and other governmental agencies to enhance community relations and to help identify important issues.
CLOs are assigned to CRB and are detailed out to each of the seven precincts, while two COPE Officers are assigned to each precinct on a full-time basis. Both host regularly scheduled monthly Precinct meetings and attend a variety of community sponsored meetings throughout their precinct. When not participating in these organized events, CLOs and COPE Officers visit with community members and local organizations in order to increase crime awareness, crime prevention, and personal safety. They also coordinate with our Recruitment, Police Athletic League and School Resource Officers to assist them in providing training, outreach activities and presentations that are tailored to their communities.
CLOs and COPE Officers utilize social media such as Instagram, Nixle, Facebook, and Twitter to advertise events and programs in an effort to provide the most up to date information possible. CLOs and COPE Officers continue to use Twitter from events and programs. SCPD has eight different Twitter feeds, one dedicated to Headquarters and one for each of the individual precincts. The number of followers on SCPD Facebook has expanded to 113,405 as of December 31, 2018, and the SCPDHQ Twitter following expanded to 7,814. Each precinct Twitter maintains a followership of just under 2,000. Since its launch in October 2018 SCPD Instagram has 2,406 followers.
The Suffolk County Police Department maintains robust community relationships and engages the community to allow collaborative problem-solving, ethical and bias-free policing and community confidence in the Department.
Community Liaison Officers (CLO’s) have been assigned to each of the seven precincts within the Police District. The respective Community Liaison Officer will arrange, meet and collaborate with community groups, civic groups, Houses of Worship etc. on a regular basis and address community concerns. The goal of the Community Liaison Officer is to strengthen the relationships between the Police and community with focused attention given to communities of color and Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals. The Community Liaison Officers work in conjunction with precinct COPE officers to attain these goals. The Community Liaison and COPE officers are available Monday to Friday between 9AM and 10PM.
*Denotes Spanish speaking Officers
Precinct COPE Section Phone Numbers:
If no one is in the COPE office when you call, please leave a message on the answering machine. An officer will be pleased to return your call to assist you!