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Police, West Islip Residents Share Info on Community Issues

Monthly forum helps keep communication lines open on crime fighting efforts.

Inspector Robert Brown heads up the Third Precinct. Photo by Judy Mottl/Patch.
Inspector Robert Brown heads up the Third Precinct. Photo by Judy Mottl/Patch.
West Islip residents who suspect illegal activity at a nearby home, or suspicious traffic in a neighborhood are advised to note as much information as possible, such as days, times, car descriptions and share that information immediately with the police.

That was the message heard at the Third Precinct’s monthly community forum, an eight-year-old program that strives to keep good communications between residents and the police regarding criminal activities.

Inspector Robert Brown, who runs the Third Precinct, as well as several colleagues, listened and responded to a slew of West Islip resident concerns during the two-hour December forum last week. Some nearby residents came to talk about what they believe are drug activities, others in neighboring areas wanted up dates on issues from the previous month’s focus on burglary activities.

Several residents offered up car license plate numbers in relation to suspected criminal incidents and Brown explained why other information can prove even more useful.

“The license plate is good but knowing the car make and color can help our patrol officers keep an eye out for those vehicles. Having dates and times of activity can also help us pinpoint when it’s best to patrol and conduct unmarked car activity,” he told the crowd of over 50 attendees.

In an interview with Patch after the forum, Brown said the forum provides valuable insight into the many neighborhoods the Precinct covers. 

“The more information we have the better we can use our resources and can alert the patrol officers on what to keep an eye on and locations that need more patrol,” he said.

Residents also should provide information as fast as they can, he added.

“If residents see something out of place or something unusual just call 911 or 852-COPS. If you see something, say something so that we can respond at that time. While having information about past suspicious activities is welcome we want to focus on what is happening right now,” he said.

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