The Department of Public Safety consists of several operating divisions: Animal Shelter, Code Enforcement, Harbors and Waterways, and General Aviation. In addition, the department oversees the Parking Violations Bureau, Noise Control Officers, Bay Constables and provides security at Brookhaven Calabro Airport.
The Department is responsible for most of the uniformed enforcement and security activities within the Town. This is accomplished by the various divisions and personnel patrolling an area of over 380 square miles and serving a population of 450,000. It is the only Town in Suffolk County that straddles the entire island, from the Great South Bay to the Long Island Sound.
The Department employs approximately 60 full-time and 188 part-time personnel. Its operations are somewhat unique in as much as most of its activities continue during nights and weekends insuring the continuity of Town government. The Department maintains a high level of professionalism and utilizes modern training methods, vehicles, vessels, and equipment to comprehensively meet its mission.
Public Safety also serves as the Emergency Management Department for the Town and actively participates in all phases, including hurricane preparedness, hazardous materials mitigation, and any and all natural or man-made disasters that may affect the Town.
The Department is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hurricane Preparedness Program, having personnel trained by the State Emergency Management Office (SEMO), National Hurricane Center (NHC) and the Suffolk County Office of Emergency Preparedness. During times of emergency, the Department fully integrates with these agencies, as well as other entities, public and private, in providing disaster relief, emergency evacuation and housing, and transportation for dislocated residents. It is particularly sensitive to the special needs of the barrier beach (Fire Island) which invariably suffers the first and most extensive damage during hurricanes.
The Secretary to the Commissioner of Public Safety serves as the Town's tow truck licensing administrator. He and his staff over-see and coordinate all of the steps in the licensing process between the Town's Building Division, Law Department, Fire Marshall, and Vehicle Control Division.
The Licensing of tow trucks begins at the Parking Violations Bureau where the tow truck operator initially delivers the completed application and all required documentation, and the annual fee is paid.
Application deadline is June 1st of each year.
Commissioner’s Office (631-451-6291):
The Commissioner of Public Safety serves at the direction of the Supervisor and Town Board, and is the Department’s chief fiscal and disciplinary officer, and also serves as the Emergency Management Director and is directly responsible for the entire department.
Public Safety personnel conduct confidential, specialized, and sensitive investigations for the Commissioner’s Office. These investigations mostly involve surveillance, follow-up, and court preparation, which could not be routinely accomplished by uniformed personnel.