Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Commissioner Ed Webber presided over a promotion ceremony Monday at Stony Brook University, where a slew of officers from chiefs to beat cops, were presented with new shields to mark their promotions.
A total of 122 officers were presented with new shields at the ceremony, which was held at the Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University. The Suffolk County Police Emerald Society’s pipe band began the procession as the officers entered onto a stage filled with elected and department leaders.
Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone spoke of the department’s achievements within the last year, including what he described as “the de-politicization” of the police department.
With over 800 people in attendance, the ceremony also marked the official positioning for some the department’s highest ranking officers, including William Madigan, the new Chief of Detectives, John Meehan, Chief of Patrol, Mark White, Chief of Support Services and Mark Fallon, Deputy Chief of Detectives. The department’s chief spokesman, Kevin Fallon, was also promoted from Deputy Inspector to Deputy Chief.
Seven female officers were promoted during the ceremony, including Joann McLaughlin, who was promoted from Captain to Deputy Inspector. In total, 28 officers were promoted to detective, while 43 officers earned the rank of Sergeant. Five cops were promoted to Detective Sergeant, department figures showed. According to the statistics, 13 minority officers were promoted.
In command positions, 19 Sergeants were promoted to the rank of Lieutenant; three Lieutenants were promoted to Detective Lieutenant and seven Lieutenants became Captains. Seven Deputy Inspectors, four Inspectors, two Deputy Chiefs, one Assistant Chief and three Chiefs were also named at the event.