County Executive Bellone, Commissioner Sini to Announce Implementation of a Pilot Program to Aid Vic

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy D. Sini will announce a crackdown on motorists driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol during Super Bowl weekend.  Officials will also introduce a new pilot program to help victims of domestic violence at a press conference on February 2 at 12:30 p.m. at the H. Lee Dennison Building.

As part of the continuing effort to keep Suffolk County roadways safe and free of intoxicated drivers, the Suffolk County Police Department will have additional officers on patrol throughout the weekend. Suffolk County actively enforces DWI laws and takes a zero-tolerance approach for anyone driving under the influence and placing the public in danger. Department officials will offer tips to remind drivers of safe alternatives than to getting behind the wheel while impaired or intoxicated.

In line with the NFL’s effort to raise awareness and clearly denounce the crime of domestic violence, officials will use this opportunity to reach out to victims and also to announce a new program to support victims seeking orders of protection. Along with representatives from numerous victim advocacy organizations, the SCPD will discuss a program recently implemented in the First Precinct in partnership with L.I. Against Domestic Violence. The program assists victims seeking orders of protection in the days following a domestic violence incident and provides remote video conferencing technology that can be utilized at a local precinct.

WHO: Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy D. Sini, L.I. Against Domestic Violence, Executive Director Colleen Merlo, Assistant Deputy CE and Chair of the Task Force, Rebecca Sanin, Commanding Officer of the Domestic Violence/Elder Abuse Bureau, Sgt Kelly Lynch, Suffolk County Women’s Services Director Grace Ioannidis, Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk, Executive Director Alesia Soltanpanah, The Retreat, Program Director Romarie McCue , Brighter Tomorrows, Executive Director Dolores Kordon, Crime Victims Center at Parents for Megan’s Law, Program Manager Mike Gunther, Education & Assistance Corporation, Regional Director Andrea Ramos-Topper, HERStory, Co-Executive Director Serena Liguori, LIGALY, CEO David Kilminick, SEPA Mujer, Executive Director Martha Maffei, Suffolk County Family Court Chief Clerk Mike Williams

VISUALS: Materials from above agencies & large poster of agency logos and contact information WHAT: SCPD to Announce Super Bowl Sunday DWI Crackdown and a new Pilot Program with L.I. Against Domestic Violence WHERE: H. Lee Dennison Building, Plaza                         100 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge, New York WHEN: Thursday, February 2 at 12:30 p.m.