Central Islip - (WALK) County officials in Suffolk say new police-patrol maps will better-protect residents in the hamlet of Central Islip.
The new maps are an effort to end confusion about which police precinct is responsible for responding to crimes and emergencies in communities bordering Suffolk's 3rd and 4th Precincts in Central Islip and Hauppauge.
The new boundaries, introduced Thursday, will have Suffolk 3rd Precinct officers patrolling and protecting Central Islip, including two middle schools and Central Islip Senior High School. The new lines extend Suffolk's 4th Precinct from Lincoln Avenue to Old Willets Path in Hauppauge south to Motor Parkway.
Community leaders say the designated coverage in Central Islip may improve safety for students who attend Mulligan Intermediate School on Broadway and Reed Middle School on Wheeler Road.
The contrast between the relatively quiet communities of the 4th Precinct and the more active 3rd will require some changes in personnel and the police 911 emergency system, according to Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. The new patrol maps are expected to be in effect within the next 30 days, said Bellone.