Suffolk to reduce state highway patrols

July 1, 2008 5:16:14 PM PDT
There will be fewer county police officers patrolling two Long Island highways.Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy says he'll redeploy 13 officers from the Highway Patrol Unit into precinct commands starting Tuesday. That is a 25 percent reduction in the Highway Patrol force.

Levy and Suffolk police Commissioner Richard Dormer say no area of the Long Island Expressway or the Sunrise Highway will be unpatrolled. The county executive says fewer patrols will cover more territory on both highways, which are state roads.

Levy had earlier warned it was the state's responsibility to patrol the roads.