I think there was something to do with the state not handing out enough overtime money, so SCPD said they would not patrol the LIE. Since then, the Sheriffs have been patrolling. I guess it has been about 2 years now....
It's been longer than that. Sheriff's department has been handling the LIE since at least 2008.BigZ said:I guess it has been about 2 years now....
+1scottzilla said:Wow, you guys are way off. Here's how it went down:
When a Suffolk or Nassau cop writes a ticket on a state or Fed highway the bulk of the money goes to the State; it's like a 70%-30% split or something like that.
When a Suffolk Sheriff writes the ticket it's reversed; 70% goes to the county.
Armed with this info Back in '09-'10 or so Steve Levy tried to renegotiate the split with the Governor. After being "Ignored" Levy threatened to pull all Suffolk HWY cops from patrols on the LIE, SS PKWY, Sunrise HWY, etc as a way to punch the State in the gut. He used Labor Day if memory serves as a cut-off date and followed through with his threat.
Nassau did as well, to show support for Levy's actions.
This move made Suffolk and Nassau MILLIONS of dollars; now the bulk of the money was going to the counties-not the states.
The SCPD union flipped out about this (Obviously) and started a bit of a misinformation campaign against Steve Levy. How dare someone challenge the cops!
Much of the misinformation centered around public safety; like how at risk we would be if Sheriffs patrolled The LIE versus the HIGHLY TRAINED, ELITE SCPD. :
The Union was pissed because Levy was taking the first steps towards making the police union just a little less powerful and we all know how that turned out for him, right? (Don't take on the cops or bogus investigations may ruin your political career).
Bottom line, Suffolk makes more money, Sheriffs graduate the same academy the SCPD does, both are trained to judge speed within 3mph and their judgement is admissable in court and a radar gun takes all of half a day to learn how to use.
This is why you see Sheriffs on the LIE and anyone who really believes speed limits are NOT sources of revenue are quite stupid.
I doubt it. Ticket revenue is split up among numerous sources. No one entity gets 100% of the money.SFC Mac said:Well then I will surmize if a State Bull stops you NYS gets every penny of that ticket
It didn't lower any county costs. they didn't remove any jobs, they just reassigned the HP officers. Any overtime they were making is definitely not as much as a sheriffs salary + benefits. Like was said before, this was all about income from the tickets.boke said:Suffolk county Sherrifs make a little less than the SCPD Levy started using tbe Sherrifs to lower the cost of traffic enforcement on the LIE
But this means that SCPD can have less new hires and the Sheriff has justification for more officers.gunsngolf said:It didn't lower any county costs. they didn't remove any jobs, they just reassigned the HP officers. Any overtime they were making is definitely not as much as a sheriffs salary + benefits. Like was said before, this was all about income from the tickets.