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Unruly Crowds to Draw More Cops in Lower Port

Increased police presence Thursday through Saturday nights will be a result of rowdy summer crowds coming out of bars, according to a Port Times Herald article.

While Upper Port saw an earlier this year and residents - - have about the area, patrols will be on the rise in Lower Port as an increase in summer traffic has brought out some rowdy crowds, particularly on weekend nights, according to the Port Times Record.

Considering Thursday is the new Friday for some, more Suffolk Cops are reportedly expected to be on the streets down in the village on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, on the lookout for disorderly drunks.

Trustee Larry LaPointe told the Record that incidents - whether it's carrying open alcohol containers, or public urination, or even theft - arise with "people coming out of the bars who had too much to drink and that leads to incidents in the street."

Click here to read more on the Port Times Record.

Do you think more police are needed down Port?

John July 27, 2012 at 05:33 PM
This is a joke, right? I read story after story about assault, burglary, vandalism, drugs and vagrancy in UPPER Port. The citizens of PJ Station are literally begging for a greater police (and INS) presence in UPPER Port. I'm embarrassed to tell people I live in Port Jefferson Station because of UPPER Port. I refuse to park my car or take the train from UPPER Port. But a few drunken disorderly incidents warrant a greater police presence in Lower Port? This is an absurd waste of resources.
IrishJoan July 28, 2012 at 04:02 AM
John, my husband and I just said the very same thing when another local paper had the same blaring headline. When a homeless man broke into an elderly neighbor's home recently, it took three phone calls to the Sufflolk County Police to come! I'm so angry; I'm a hard working, professional, middle class resident, yet I am forced to put my family in harm's way on a daily basis, because nothing is being done!
Mels Ditties July 28, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Blood absolutely BOILING here!!....Upper Port Is a nightmare, homeless, local drunks/drugs addicts, drug dealers (check out the corners of Linden & Perry everyday/night, as well as INSIDE some of the businesses)...VIOLENT criminals who don't live anywhere near the area, who return daily to rob / attack locals & those who may accidentally wander into the "forgotten zone"...(did ya know that there was a robbery, including attack on an employee, at the 7-11 this week?...it may or may not (the PTB tend to bury stories that highlight the quantity of problems in the area)....
Mels Ditties July 28, 2012 at 10:09 PM
"While Upper Port saw an increase in constable patrols earlier this year" WHAT???...Nice line, but good thing a link was added to clarify...That was for LIRR riders...there is ZERO/zip/ziltch/nada code presence uptown....'cept MAYBE on a sunny day tires get chalked for parking infractions (chalked...rarely does code return to issue tickets!...)....PJ Code barely even drives thru there any more (on their way outta town, cause once they pass the LIRR tracks it's no longer Port, so why should they even be riding out of town?..)...while SCPD comes thru at times, they do very little to stop the criminals...very very little work is done to prevent crime...react to crimes already committed is the norm (as stated by a poster above, typically hours after the crime)
Mels Ditties July 28, 2012 at 10:23 PM
The reasons for this increase in downtown policing is twofold... a) the PJ PTB will work to protect their jewel of the town....(did ya catch the police report of the person arrested downtown for cursing while pickup up a paper plate?...Geez, uptown someone could throw a stack of stoneware plates AT a person, and there would be no arrest!) b)Money...(isn't that always the bottom line??).... It's all about writing tickets and collecting fines....The chances of writing a ticket to a homeless drunk and getting paid are zero to none...While on the flip side, writing a ticket to a patron of a downtown establishment is almost 100% guaranteed to get paid... SCPD has set up ticket traps uptown for years...while crimes were going on directly across the street they just continued to nab the guy without a seatbelt...or the gal who's inspection had expired...THOSE tickets GENERATE $$$$$....Arresting the drug dealer COSTs money...
Mels Ditties July 28, 2012 at 10:30 PM
SCPD has had ticket traps downtown for several weekends now (to their credit they did bring in those HUGE LED signs to warn folks!)....Downtown Port has a wonderful entertainment schedule for the summer, bringing in tons of people driving to the events and SCPD has a steady stream of revenue....and if they bump the tix to Port Jeff court, the town makes a killing in fines (meanwhile, Uptown, people are almost literally killing each other, but who cares about uptown?...certainly not any of the PTB)... Seems like the plan is to let Uptown rot totally...then when the time is right and virtually nothing can be done to fix it the entire area can be leveled and the revitalization plans can finally be completed....To hell with those who own buildings & businesses there NOW,..necessary collateral damage towards the big plan... So sad...
knowitall July 30, 2012 at 01:16 AM
The Village situation and PJ Station situation are different animals requiring different tactics.
Bryan Rivera July 30, 2012 at 03:00 PM
True, knowitall. Like Mels said, the tactic downtown is to lure in people with money and ticket them as often as possible. The tactic uptown is to drive through on the way down town. But that's also because SCPD doesn't know how to police people that arent actively driving. If you're on foot uptown you could be flagging gang colors and shooting pistols like Yosemite Sam, SCPD would wait till you got in a car to pull you over and give you a DWI check.
bergerissuingdobbs July 30, 2012 at 08:12 PM
You should all just move off long island. Suffolk has nothing to offer except it's proximity to things not in suffolk county
Jack Rabbit August 28, 2012 at 03:22 PM
yea good advise "bergerissuingdobbs"... Run away! Run away! Change your job, buy a new house, find a new school for your children. actually I am surprised you didn't suggest starting a lawsuit. If you are not happy with the job the Police are doing why not get involved? Maybe start a volunteer neighborhood watch, ask some of the buisness to help out (Galante Martial Arts, United Studios Martial Arts Academy, Kioto Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Journey Martial Arts). Let's do something besides bitching.

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