Brookhaven, NY

Tactics Used

Reverse stings
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Web stings
License suspension

Brookhaven is a township of approximately 486,040 residents, located in central Suffolk County on Long Island, New York. Like most of the Island, the township has reported prostitution activity arranged mainly through websites such as Backpage and Craigslist, and/or occurring some sexually-oriented businesses (e.g., strip clubs, massage parlors).

In order to combat the consumer-level demand that drives all commercial sex markets, police have incorporated tactics that target sex buyers.  Driven in part by community complaints, the Suffolk County Police Department has conducted at least two reverse sting operations. The latter, conducted in November 2011, resulted in the arrest of six men who were charged with patronizing a prostitute.  Officers from the Fourth Precinct Crime Section and the Community Oriented Police Enforcement team (COPE) conducted the sting along Mastic Avenue, and charged the men with third-degree “patronizing a prostitute.”  The identities of the men were provided to news outlets.

Key Partners

  • Suffolk County Police Department
    • Fourth Precinct Crime Section
    • Community Oriented Police Enforcement Team (COPE)

Key Sources

State New York
Type City
Population 486040
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