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Suffolk County Police Keeping Homeless Veterans Warm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Police on Long Island are doing their part to give back to the veteran community during these frigid winter months.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports

Suffolk County police officers are giving out brand new, heavy insulated coats to homeless veterans.

Commissioner Richard Dormer said the department had 100 coats that were not being used by officers so they decided to donate them to homeless veterans.

“They have sacrificed so much for are country this is a way to provide assistance for veterans in need,” Dormer said.

Some of the coats even have thick faux fur collars.

“They’re in excellent shape and they keep you very warm,” Dormer said.

In addition to homeless veterans, Dormer said officers are out helping all homeless men and women living in the streets.

“Suffolk County police officers are out passing out flyers for homeless individuals with info on how to get help during the winter months they’re in both English and Spanish,” Dormer said. “Homeless individuals don’t have to be living in a vehicle or in the woods during the very cold weather. Last year, patrol officers had more than 300 contacts with homeless persons.”

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  • August

    How about get the homeless veterans INTO REAL HOUSING….IMMEDIATELY?

  • Barrie Wilson

    All of us who are working on a daily basis with homeless veterans would like to tjank to all the police officers who help distribute the insulated coats to the homeless veterans because it has been very cold in the last week for all the homeless veterans in the tri-state area.

  • Jeff

    I guess the sheriffs did not want them

  • John Bryans Fontaine

    Thank you Commissioner Dormer. Your actions, as well those of your fellow officers regarding these donations, are absolute patriotism as well as decency.

  • Greta

    Well it’s about time the police stopped treating the homeless like criminals. Everyone’s humanity has a right to be respected. I applaud them for this. I have some coats that don’t fit, how can I donate?

    • NY Chris

      Well some homeless partake in criminal activities therefore making a police officer take action and enforce the law which is their job.

      • Greta

        And some police enjoy harassing homeless who aren’t criminals just to get their rocks off. Being without a home isn’t a character flaw, it doesn’t make someone any less human than you.

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