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.
Thomas Brandon is a Deputy Inspector with the Suffolk
County, N.Y. Police Department. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army and Federal Bureau of Investigation Hazardous Devices School. Thomas Brandon is the co-author of Weapons of Mass Destruction: Response and Investigation.
According to the book description of Weapons of Mass Destruction: Response and Investigation, “This
book is designed to provide law enforcement personnel with response guidelines and evidence gathering techniques that may
be utilized when responding to an incident involving the use or threatened use of a weapon of mass destruction (WMD). The
first part of the book addresses the actions to be taken by the first law enforcement personnel arriving at the scene of a
WMD incident. The text examines the planning process in great detail, and the incident management process is also extensively
reviewed. Tactical operations that may be necessary to arrest individuals or prevent a WMD incident are also discussed. The
second part of the book is designed for the hazardous material trained investigator. The required training, equipment, and
investigative procedures are clearly defined in this section, and detailed step-by-step instructions are provided for the
collection of chemical, biological, and radiological evidence. In addition, investigative techniques are provided that will
assist the criminal investigator in identifying and entering a facility suspected of manufacturing a weapon of mass destruction.
Remote sampling techniques are provided to assist in gathering the probable cause for a search warrant. Also helpful to readers
are the many illustrations and a glossary. It will be clear to the reader that this unique book represents the epitome of
authoritativeness and comprehensiveness in the field of WMD response and investigation.”