Live online at 9 a.m. today - SCPD to hold virtual graduation of 178th recruit class

This file photo from March shows many members of the SCPD Class of 2020.

BRENTWOOD, NY ( / — Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart will virtually host the Suffolk County Police Academy graduation ceremony in Brentwood today at 9 a.m.

The class of 70 graduates is comprised of 64 Suffolk County Police recruits, of which nearly 60 percent have previous law enforcement experience and 42 recruits possess a college degree. The academy also trained six recruits for outside and associated agencies including Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, Southold Town Police Department and East Hampton Town Police Department.

While this graduation is missing the traditional pomp and circumstance due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the recruits used the situation to support others who are fighting the virus around-the-clock. The recruits delivered food to emergency room staff at Stony Brook Hospital last week to show their support and thank workers for their dedication to public health.

The recruits completed 30 weeks of academy training and received more than 1,000 hours of instruction on topics including law, emergency medical training, domestic violence, mental illness, cultural diversity, and terrorism.

The graduates will be in small groups in different classrooms to accommodate social-distancing practices. The Police Commissioner, Chief of Department and County Executive will be in a different location to host the graduation virtually.

The ceremony will be live streamed on the Suffolk County Police Department Facebook page at 9 a.m. Friday, May 8. Here is the link:

Suffolk Police Recruit Graduation Video

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