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Humble beginnings..

Frank "Shorty the Cop" Short served as a traffic patrolman at Lynbrook's 5 Corners from 1918 to 1926.

Lynbrook's First Police Car - Circa 1928 - Courtesy of Art Mattson's "History of Lynbrook"

Lynbrook Theatre, with Frank "Shorty the Cop" Short on his post from a colorized post card circa 1920's.

Lynbrook Motor Patrol Vehicle No. 3, circa 1933. Police Officer Charles Offerman is on the left.

Lynbook Village Hall, 266 Merrick Rd, from the 1940's. The Police Department Headquarters was located in the basement.

Police Headquarters - current

The first known formal police patrol of what is now known as Lynbrook was assigned to 2 constables, working part time, and were answerable to the Town of Hempstead Sheriffs.

In 1911, Lynbrook  incorporated and the village hired two full time patrol officers. Thus began the Lynbrook Police Department. The Village President (Mayor) acted as Chief of Police.

In 1918 the Lynbrook Police had expanded to 4 members, 2 patrolmen, 1 traffic officer, and 1 motorcycle officer. By 1921 the department had expanded to 12 officers.

By 1923 the department further expanded to a uniformed Chief, 9 patrol officers, 2 motorcycle officers, 3 Sergeants, & 2 Lieutenants, for a total of 17 uniformed officers.

The village faced many challenges during this time. Vehicular traffic became the the vogue, with many first time, untested drivers operating vehicles on substandard roadways. Lynbrook had two primary east west arteries, Merrick Rd. & Sunrise Hwy. The roads were not safe place to travel or patrol. Lynbrook lost three of their police officers during this time, all due to traffic accidents. Their names are listed at the bottom of this web page. During prohibition, illegal alcohol transportation, bootlegging & home breweries were some of the principal the issues of the day.

By 1933 the Department had 30 officers. Lynbrook had grown to become a center of suburban life in western Long Island with many restaurants, theatres, & a very busy shopping area. 

The early history of Lynbrook & it's early police department was a colorful one to say the least. For a full account of the era you may want to read "The History of Lynbrook" by Art Mattson. Art serves as the Village Historian. This book is available at the Lynbrook Library. The book is also available for sale at Lyn Gifts on Atlantic Ave.

 

The Lynbrook Police Department Today ..

The Lynbrook Police Department currently has 48 sworn police officers, 3 Police Communication Operators, 17 Part-Time School Crossing Guards, 3 full-time Neighborhood Aides (Parking Enforcement), 4 part-time Neighborhood Aides, 2 Traffic Control Assistants and 2 Clerks.

The department has marked & unmarked patrol vehicles, an SUV used by Highway Patrol for Commercial Vehicle Weight Enforcement & for regular patrol in inclement weather, & a recycled FD ambulance that can be used to quickly transport traffic barricades to locations when needed. Visit the respective web pages for more information about the respective units & divisions.

Lynbrook Police has their own Detective Division, Juvenile Officer, Crime Prevention Officer, & Highway Patrol Unit. We offer guest lecturers for schools & community groups & perform crime prevention surveys for homes & businesses. See our Crime Prevention Page for more information.

During 9-11, many of our officers volunteered to assist & performed police duties under the direction of the NYPD.

The Lynbrook Police Department dispatches all calls for service from their headquarters located in the lower level of the village hall. We have an Enhanced 911 console which receives calls from Lynbrook locations. This system can identify your location from a land based telephone even if you are unable to speak. Our headquarters is manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. 

The Lynbrook Police Department is also the primary dispatcher for the Lynbrook Fire Department. Our facility is equipped with an emergency generator in the event of power failures which can power the entire village hall, including Police Headquarters.

In 2012 the Lynbrook Police Department responded to 12,460 calls for service to our community. These calls included 1580 medical aided cases, 376 arrests, 1096 police case reports, calls for serious crimes in progress, auto accidents, disputes, family disturbances, burglar, fire & panic alarm calls, & many others too numerous to list.

We utilize a computer database system for all arrest, traffic ticket, case offense & medical aided cases. Lynbrook was one of the first departments in New York State to be fully computerized in this fashion.

Our patrol vehicles are equipped with a Computer Aided Dispatch System wich provides quick dispatch to assignments, and which allow prompt criminal justice inquires, department of motor vehicle checks & access to the departmental databases.

Our department utilizes a fully computer generated traffic summons system to speed traffic stops & eliminates the need for manual data entry from the local to state levels. This is yet another first in Nassau County by Lynbrook Police.
The Lynbrook Police Department, under the direction of Chief Joseph Neve, continues it's long tradition of service to the residents of the Village, performing their duties with professionalism & pride.



Patrolman Frederick Conrad Secker

End of Watch: Saturday, January 12, 1929

Biographical Info
Age: 34
Tour of Duty: 3 years
 

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle
Date of Incident: Saturday, January 12, 1929                              


Patrolman Secker was stuck and killed by an automobile while conducting his first tour of inspection for the night. As Patrolman Secker inspected his post, he was stuck by an automobile as he crossed Merrick Road near Rocklyn Ave.  in Lynbrook. Patrolman Secker was removed to the hospital where he died at 0326 hours from his injuries.

Patrolman Secker had been with the agency for three years and was survived by his wife and two children.

Patrolman William Charles Everett

End of Watch: Sunday, April 20, 1930

Biographical Info
Age: 40
Tour of Duty: 3 years
 
 

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
Date of Incident: Sunday, April 20, 1930
 

Patrolman Everett was killed when he collided with a fire truck while on motorcycle patrol. Patrolman Everett was cruising his post, traveling north on Union Avenue in Lynbrook, when a fire truck pulled into the intersection of Union Avenue and Union Place. Patrolman Everett attempted to avoid the fire truck and his motorcycle skidded into the right rear of the fire truck and threw Patrolman Everett under the wheel. Patrolman Everett was rushed to the hospital at approximately 1030 hours and died of his injuries while on the operating table at 1240 hours. Patrolman Everett died on his first day assigned to Motorcycle Patrol.

Patrolman Everett had been with the agency for three years and was survived by his wife and son.

Patrolman David Kenneth Frost

End of Watch: Sunday, May 3, 1931

Biographical Info
Age: 33
Tour of Duty: 6 years


Incident Details
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
Date of Incident: Sunday, May 3, 1931
 

Patrolman Frost was killed when his motorcycle was struck by an automobile. Patrolman Frost was traveling east on Sunrise Highway when a west bound driver attempted to turn into a gas station near Huntington Ave.. As the driver crossed the east bound lanes on Sunrise Highway he struck Patrolman Frost's motorcycle. Patrolman Frost was thrown from the motorcycle and instantly killed.

Patrolman Frost had been with the agency for five years and previously served for one year with the Rockville Centre Police Department in New York. Patrolman Frost died one day short of his 34th birthday. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.

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