About the Suffolk County Police
At the general election held in November,
1958 the Suffolk County Charter was submitted to the voters of Suffolk County, together with a question of whether the respective
Towns and Villages should transfer their police functions to the County Police Department.
The five western Towns of Babylon, Huntington,
Islip, Smithtown and Brookhaven, together with the Incorporated Villages of Lindenhurst, Babylon, Patchogue, Brightwaters,
Village of the Branch, Old Field, Poquott, Belle Terre, Shoreham and Bellport, duly voted to become part of the Police District.
As a result, the Suffolk county Police Department became operational at 0001hrs. on January 1, 1960.
Captain Harold McCormick, Suffolk
County Police Department (ret.), began his 30 year law enforcement career in 1960. Harold
McCormick is the author of Street Cop: The
Dark Side of Suburbia.
According to the book description
of Street Cop: The Dark Side of Suburbia,
“This book is unique - it takes the reader into the world of one of America's leading suburban police departments as
officers tackle major cases: murders, cop shootings, prostitution, grave robbing, rapes and high-speed pursuits. The police
officers in the book tell of the savage murders of children, sniper attacks on innocent victims, of serial killers on the
prowl, brutal line of duty police officer deaths and the stretched thin blue line that separates these men and women from
the soccer games, backyard barbecues and swimming pools of suburbia.
Most of all, the stories reflect the
courage, tenacity and dedication of the police officers who lived them - and, in some cases, suffered tragic results. Suffolk
County is home to some of the more spectacular crimes in recent memory. These include the "Amityville Horror" case, the "Satanic"
murder of a teenaged boy in Northport, the ghouls who stole skulls from mausoleums, the nuns with their novel defense against
attackers, the state investigation of police corruption that shook the department to its foundation and many more.”