The Town of Islip Division of Harbor Police has provided and maintained safe waterways for decades. They have saved lives and property in the town of Islip and, on many occasions, put their own lives at risk without a second thought. The main function of this division is public safety in one of the busiest bodies of water on the east coast. Islip was just hit with one of the worst storms in history; leaving residents stranded and reported missing on Fire Island. The storm left emergency responders almost helpless to assist. Due to their skill, dedication and knowledge of Islip town waters, Harbor Officers were able to get a boat in the water and underway, battling gale force winds and tides 6-8 feet above normal. This was done quickly and with great personal risk to the officers involved. The officers then spent countless hours transporting and working with search and rescue teams. All victims were helped, and no lives were lost.
On Monday November 19, 2012 the Islip town board voted to eleminate the Harbor Police Division. This will result in the loss of four highly trained marine officers. At this time, Boating accidents are on the rise, Boating While Intoxicated is becoming a growing problem and boating safety courses are being mandated, Islip town cannot afford to lose this resource. Please support the Islip Town Harbor Division by signing this petition. The public's safety should not be compromised.