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Better policing is a two-way street between the public and law enforcement. Critiques, compliments and complaints are all welcome.

Here you can explore ideas,  let the police know what you think and what improvements you would like to see in law enforcement.

It is also a place where the police can inform the community about its policies, programs and procedures.

Better law enforcement comes out of a considered and considerate discussion that respects all parties involved.

The Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island reserves the right to remove any comments deemed inappropriate. This isn’t to limit ideas, which are always welcome, but to ensure that those ideas, however critical, are respectful. No names will be permitted in complaints.

This website is a continuous discussion that leads to improvements that make everyone’s life safer in a democratic society.

This article has 11 comments

  1. Two cheers for Arthur Dobrin in starting this website giving an opportunity to the Police and Community they serve to communicate their complaints and explanations of police conduct. I have had several relatives and acquaintances who serve and had served as police officers here in Nassau County and in NYC. There are many complaints about police conduct, but mine is about the failures to enforce the laws. My pet peeve is the lack of enforcement of driving violations and prevention of reckless behavior by motorcyclists and their clubs. We live one block south of the Northern State Parkway and nightly during the summer we hear these “bikers” roaring east, waking us up, on the way, we understand, to illegal “races” on the Wantagh and Shore Parkways. We are told these bikers effectively cannot be policed, yet other motorists are routinely given speeding tickets by the NYC PD for driving over 50 on the GCP in Queens, or over 55 in Nassau by State Police. Also, who among us who use these state and city highways has not been alarmed by bikers who roar past us between lanes subjecting themselves and others to death or severe injuries by a simple change of lane? I am told the police will not pursue these bikers because the PDs have determined their vehicles would have to speed dangerously and still unable to stop the bikers. Thus, many(not all)n bikers, their clubs and other organizations have become immune to traffic law enforcement. On one occasion my ordinarily tough ten-year old grandson was sitting in the right-hand backseat of my auto. While I was driving on one of the parkways, he suddenly screamed out in alarm because of the motorcyclist’s roaring approach and passing on the lane stripes. I was alarmed by the noise of the biker and my grandson’s scream. Perhaps, new laws may have to be enacted letting ordinary motorists to file written complaints with the PDs or MVB as to their personal observations of motorcyclists’ misconduct, riding between lanes, speeding past cars already at the speed limit, excessive noise revving their overpowered engines. Once a particular cycle identified by plate has received x no. of “citizen” complaints, a summons would be issued as a civil case (similar to “red light” or parking violations) that the owner must defend against the sworn writings or testimony of the complainants. If these violators are not stopped or controlled, they have become immune to the traffic laws and potentially dangerous to themselves, other motorists and passengers.

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  2. Please share:
    Get ready for National Night Out 2016! Tuesday, August 2nd at Martha Avenue Park, aka Pace Park, in Bellport, NY from 6 pm to 9:30 pm. There will be family fun and games, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, a bounce house, free food, music, raffle prizes and give-aways. There will also be several community organizations on hand to provide information about their services, including the Suffolk County Police Department and the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office.
    Everyone is welcome to attend!
    For more information about National Night Out, contact the BHEP Alliance at 631-286-9236. https://www.facebook.com/events/1067195923368647/

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  3. A message from the Suffolk County Police Department:

    Commissioner Sini has scheduled a forum from 6:00-8:00 p.m. this Thursday evening at the lecture hall of the Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood. He will be discussing the Department’s Use of Force policy, Internal Affairs policies and reforms, and our community outreach and intervention efforts. There will also be an hour of Q&A.

    I would like to invite you to attend and to bring members of your organizations and/or community with you.

    Thank you,

    Lt. Matthew O’Malley
    Commanding Officer
    Community Relations Bureau
    Suffolk County Police Department
    Office: (631)852-6530
    Fax: (631) 852-6112

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  4. To Police Chiefs: Please issue again your bullet points on what to do when stopped by the police. It should be shared as widely as possible If you e-mail it to me I will be happy to share it.

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  5. The Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island is proud to be a part of this very important initiative. Our nation needs websites like this in every town and city.

    Linda Napoli, President

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  6. We live in an age when most of us are ashamed to admit that we are biased against people of color. That shame is an unintended consequence of the progress made during the Civil Rights movement. As a result of that movement everyone is pressured to say that they are free of prejudice. Research has shown,on the contrary that all of us are biased in one way or another and often in several ways. Research also indicates that you can carry such bias, consciouse or subconscious, even if you have a strong social justice belief system. Nevertheless, if you can recognize and admit your bias, you can just dismiss it when it pops into consciouness and you then are able to be non-judgemental.

    Here is a link to free on-line course on gaining control of your hidden biases.

    https://humanistlearning.com/controlling-our-unconscious-bias/

    Though the course takes 4 or 5 hours, I recommend watching the first short video of an African-American TV anchor being surprised after taking the test and finding out that he is biased against people of color. Also, if you re brave enough take the bias test, it is part of the course.

    And if you find that you are indeed based against people of color, whites, brown people, women, the disabled, or against the police, you needn’t feel ashhamed. According to research these biases were implanted in our brains at an age when we were too young to block them out. They become imbedded in our brain’s neurological system. Once you instantaneously recognize a negative image of the person you are biased against, just dismiss that image as unwanted and then you should be able to judge that person free of your stereotype.
    For More Information read, “The Hidden Brain,” by Shanker Vandantam and “Blink,” by Malcolm Gladwell. Also please see my post on Arthur Dobrin’s Timeline. That describe a more comprhensive set of expierences of a local group, The Lower East Side Call for Justice.

    Abe Markman

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  7. Great idea! Thank you for enacting this. I knew a man who was part of the EHS, very dear to my heart, recently passed. He was a good man, as suspect all EH’s are. 🙂

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