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Riverhead Police, community groups recognized for efforts to combat DWI

Riverhead Police Officer Timothy Murphy, left, Riverhead CAP executive director Felicia Scocozza, and Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller with their awards. Courtesy photo: Riverhead CAP

The Riverhead Police Department, Officer Timothy Murphy, Riverhead CAP and the Riverhead Community Coalition for Safe and Drug-Free Youth were honored at the Mothers Against Drunk Driving 10th Annual N.Y. Metro Law Enforcement Recognition Awards Thursday, the Riverhead Community Awareness Program announced yesterday.

According to MADD, this event recognized the good work of over 75 law enforcement professionals and 10 law enforcement agencies from Nassau, Suffolk and New York City who have shown outstanding dedication to DWI enforcement, prosecution and education.

Riverhead Police Officer Timothy Murphy received the Recognition of Excellence Award for his commitment to prevent drunk driving in Riverhead.

According to Police Chief David Hegermiller, Murphy has led the department in arrests for DWI since Hegermiller became Chief in 2002, with 72 arrests alone in 2016.

The Riverhead Police Department was one of 10 law enforcement agencies to receive the Department of the Year Award.

The Riverhead Community Coalition for Safe and Drug-Free Youth and Riverhead CAP received the Community Awareness Award for its partnership with the Riverhead Police Department to prevent and reduce underage drinking and drunk driving through environmental strategies that include reducing access to alcohol by underage and impaired individuals, education and awareness campaigns, responsible beverage server training, and providing grant funding to increase enforcement.

Chief Hegermiller nominated Riverhead CAP and the Coalition for the award.

“MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving endorses and encourages high-visibility law enforcement and continuing diligence on the part of our police, prosecutors and probation professionals,” Richard Mallow, MADD New York State executive director. “This annual event is our way of saying thanks to those who dedicate their lives to this important work.”

The awards were presented during ceremonies at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury April 6.