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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