(Suffolk County, NY) The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office and the Town of Brookhaven have teamed up to boost food deliveries to the town’s most vulnerable residents. Earlier this month, Town Supervisor Ed Romaine suspended activities at the Town’s senior centers to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and ordered that senior citizens who previously depended on the hot meals served at congregate nutrition programs be offered meal delivery to their homes. Town employees have been making the deliveries, but the need is growing.
This week, several Deputy Sheriffs reported to Brookhaven Town Hall to assist the Town with Meals on Wheels food deliveries, which will enable the Town to serve more seniors who can’t leave their homes. Deputies are also working with the Town’s Parks and Recreation Department to patrol playgrounds and ensure that social distancing mandates are enforced.
Deputy Sheriffs from the units assisting the Town typically work in the county’s courts and the Office’s Civil Bureau. Since work has decreased in these areas due to the closure of many public government offices, Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon, Jr. acted swiftly to reassign staff to help wherever they are most needed to perform public safety functions.
Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine said, “As we continue to deal with this global health crisis, all levels of government are continuously finding ways to best use and share our resources to provide the essential services and protections our residents need. I want to thank Sheriff Toulon and the men and women of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in patrolling our Town Parks to enforce social distancing mandates, protecting our facilities from vandalism and bringing meals to our homebound seniors.”
Sheriff Toulon stated, “We know this is a challenging time for all – for families, our seniors, and especially for those who lack mobility and must stay indoors. I want everyone to know that our government agencies are here to fully support them through this crisis. I know that Supervisor Romaine shares these views and I’m glad our Deputy Sheriffs can be of service during this difficult time.”