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SIPD Mission Statement
The principal mission of the Shelter Island Town Police Department is to protect life and property, to work with our citizens to reduce crime, disorder and the fear of crime.
Through community-oriented and problem solving policing the members of the Shelter Island Town Police Department will provide personalized services to the public with respect for human dignity according to the highest standards of professionalism, integrity and accountability. It is essential that all members remember that in the execution of our duties we act not for ourselves but for the good of the public.
The Town of Shelter Island is located geographically between the north and south forks of eastern Long Island in Suffolk County, New York. Shelter Island is approximately five miles by five miles in size and also encompasses surrounding bodies of water such as Shelter Island Sound, and Gardiners Bay.
The Shelter Island Town Police Department serves the community twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Our agency is one of the most unique police agencies in New York State; there is no bridge to the island and our ferry-only access limits immediate assistance from associated agencies. The Shelter Island Police Department takes great pride in its preparedness. The Department has two major sections, patrol and investigative. The patrol section handles all calls for service, preliminary investigations and maritime activities. The investigation section handles all investigative and criminal cases.
Some residents of Shelter Island and Suffolk County have reported being contacted by a person who claims to be a representative of the Internal Revenue Service (or other governmental agency.) The caller often claims their role with the IRS is a senior auditor or investigator. Generally, the caller starts off with a polite “suggestion” that the IRS has uncovered some discrepancies with your filings and that you owe the IRS money. If you do not initially cave to their scheme, the callers have a history of amping up the pressure, becoming more accusatory, and in some cases claiming that a warrant has been issued for your arrest and that agents are on their way to arrest you. DO NOT provide these individuals with ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION, BANKING INFORMATION, CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS NUMBERS OR SEND THEM MONEY VIA ELECTRONIC WIRE. If you get a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, the IRS recommends the following:
If you know or believe that you owe taxes, contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.
If you know that you do not owe taxes and believe that the call was a scam attempt, please call the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484.
In 2016 the Shelter Island Police responded to the following emergency and general calls for service for our citizens.
Calls for Service - 3238 • Criminal Cases - 131 • Arrests - 81 • Tickets - 439
Town Summons - 21 • Aided Cases - 268 • Motor Vehicle Accidents (All) - 100 • Deer Related MVA - 34
NYS Accredited law enforcement agency
Shelter Island Town Police Department is an Accredited Law Enforcement Agency recognized by the New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation Council.