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Traffic Safety Checkpoints

The Shelter Island Police Department (SIPD) will be conducting traffic safety checkpoints within the Town of Shelter Island, to check motorists for compliance with motor vehicle license requirements.


SIPD utilizes traffic safety checkpoints to promote safety for motorists using the public roadways and to provide a deterrent for those who violate laws contained in the New York Statutes.


The intent of a traffic safety checkpoint is to provide for a high visibility, public safety service, focusing on confirming appropriate and valid licensing of drivers. Violations of law or other public safety issues that arise shall be addressed.


Traffic safety checkpoints will allow the SIPD the opportunity to periodically concentrate its efforts in checking for violations of New York traffic and regulatory laws that will ultimately increase the safety of the citizens of Shelter Island. Drivers encountering a traffic safety checkpoint are requested to have their operator's license readily accessible. Drivers with this information in hand and those with no violations of law can reasonably expect to be delayed for no more than 30 seconds to a minute.


When available the police message and speed trailer may be used to advise drivers to have their paperwork immediately available to ensure no undue delays.

SIPD Achieves NYS Accreditation for a Second Time


It has always been the goal of the Shelter Island Police Department to meet the highest standards of professionalism while serving the public in our community.  Five years ago, the Department achieved the prestigious New York State Accreditation.  This process ensures that we follow all state guidelines, rules and regulations.  On June 19, 2014, Chief James Read and Sergeant James Cronin met with state officials in Albany and were presented with a certificate renewing the Department's accreditation for another five years, which was the result of a detailed audit done by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services in early May 2014.

Suffolk County Multi-Jurisdictional Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan

Click Here to see the 2014 update to the Suffolk County Multi-Jurisdictional Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan.  Section 9.30 covers Shelter Island.

 Click here  for information on NYS Junior Drivers Licenses
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NYS Accredited
Law Enforcement Agency

Shelter Island Town Police Department is an Accredited Law Enforcement Agency recognized by the New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation Council.



SIPD Mission Statement
Our principles of service


The principal mission of the Shelter Island Town Police Department is to protect life and property, to work with our citizens to reduce crime, disorder and the fear of crime. 


Through community-oriented and problem solving policing the members of the Shelter Island Town Police Department will provide personalized services to the public with respect for human dignity according to the highest standards of professionalism, integrity and accountability. It is essential that all members remember that in the execution of our duties we act not for ourselves but for the good of the public.