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Shelter Island Police


The Town of Shelter Island is located geographically between the north and south forks of eastern Long Island in Suffolk County, New York. Shelter Island is approximately five miles by five miles in size and also encompasses surrounding bodies of water such as Shelter Island Sound, and Gardiners Bay.



The Shelter Island Town Police Department serves the community twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.  Our agency is one of the most unique police agencies in New York State; there is no bridge to the island and our ferry-only access limits immediate assistance from associated agencies. The Shelter Island Police Department takes great pride in its preparedness. The Department has two major sections, patrol and investigative.  The patrol section handles all calls for service, preliminary investigations and maritime activities. The investigation section handles all investigative and criminal cases.


Supervisory Staff
James J. Read, Chief

James J. Read, Chief of Police

Chief Read holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Education from SUNY Cortland and received his Master’s Degree in the Administration of Justice and Security from the University of Phoenix in 2013. In 2009 he completed a course of instruction at the FBI’s National Academy in Quantico, VA, as a member of the 236 class. He joined the Shelter Island Town Police Department in 1987 as a Police Officer. Chief Read was promoted to sergeant in 1996 and to Chief of Police in 1998. Under his leadership the police department has made numerous technological advancements including a digital records management system, which included adding computer terminals in patrol cars to document incident reports and access vital information. He led the department in an in-depth analysis of the rules, regulations, and operational practices that culminated in achieving New York State accreditation in 2009. Chief Read is also the Town's Emergency Management Coordinator. 
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Jack H. Thilberg, Detective/Sergeant

Detective Division

Detective Sergeant Thilberg joined the force in 1989 and was promoted to Detective in 1995 and Detective Sergeant in 1998. In addition to serving as the Executive Officer of the Department, D/Sergeant Thilberg is directly responsible for the Criminal Investigations, Juvenile Investigations, Warrants, Property/Evidence, and Special Operations components of the department.
Detective Sergeant Thilberg has received advanced training in various disciplines including sex crimes identification and crime scene procedures, serious and fatal accident investigation, child abuse and neglect investigations, computer and electronic crime investigations, FBI interview & interrogation tactics, and DEA narcotic enforcement school. He serves as the department's training instructor, and dive team leader. D/Sgt. Thilberg is a certified master diver with numerous certifications including law enforcement underwater investigations.
D/Sergeant Thilberg is a four-time recipient of the Southampton Kiwanis Club's Officer of the Year Award.
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Christopher C. Drake, Sergeant

Patrol Division 

Sergeant Christopher C. Drake holds an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice/Police Administration from Suffolk County Community College. He joined the Shelter Island Town Police Department as a Police Officer in June of 1997. He served as the Field Training Officer and In-Service Training Officer from 2004-2016.  He was promoted to Sergeant in May of 2017. Sergeant Drake has been a member of both the Suffolk County East End DWI and Drug Task Forces.  He is a six-time recipient of the Southampton Kiwanis Club's Officer of the Year Award; he received the NYS Governor's Traffic Safety STOP-DWI Special Recognition Award in 2012; he has received the Suffolk County "Top Cop" STOP-DWI Award 13 times and the MADD NY Law Enforcement Recognition Award nine times.
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Officers & Administrative
Police Officer Thomas M. Cronin

    Police Officer Terrence LeGrady

    Police Officer David McGayhey

    Police Officer Anthony J. Rando

    Police Officer Kevin Springer

    Police Officer Andrew Graffagnino


    Bay Constable Albert Labrozzi

    Bay Constable Peter Vielbig

    Bay Constable John Mahoney


    Police Senior Clerk Jennifer Beresky

    Police Clerk Amanda Gutiw