Krista McNallyApr 20, 2018, 7:28 pmApr 23, 2018, 9:31 am

Suffolk County police graduates say they are prepared after MS-13 threat

The new members of the force say they have the training to deal with any situation involving the notorious gang

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BRENTWOOD — On Friday, the Suffolk County Police Department celebrated as 80 recruits and 11 recruits from associated agencies graduated the police academy.

However, amid the celebrations, many were thinking about the recent threat made by the street gang MS-13 against police officers in neighboring Nassau County. MS-13 allegedly directed its members to kill a police officer in the Hempstead area.

As a result, Suffolk County is offering a reward for any information regarding a threat to a police officer.

"We took steps to increase officer security after Dallas and Baton Rouge, and they remain in place," said Suffolk County Police Chief of Department Stuart Cameron. "We vet every threat and if there are adjustments that have to be made, we make them."

Meanwhile, the newly-graduated officers say they have had the necessary training to deal with any situation that may arise involving MS-13.

"I am going to keep doing the same thing I was doing in the NYPD and the MTA police. I am going to watch out for my brothers, watch out for myself, because I am coming home to my family, no matter what," said new Suffolk County police officer Matt Krzeminski.

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