Shirley, NY

Tactics Used

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

Shirley is a hamlet of approximately 27,000 residents, located within Suffolk County on the south shore of Long Island. In August 2008, the Suffolk County Police Department conducted a street-level reverse sting in Shirley and the neighboring town of Mastic. The operation utilized an undercover female officer, who served as a decoy. When men attempted to solicit sex from her, they were apprehended by police. A total of five johns were arrested. Each was charged with “patronizing a prostitute,” a Class A misdemeanor.  Suffolk County officers released the men’s names and other identifying information to the local media.

Key Sources

  • Reverse Stings:
    • “Five Men Caught in ‘John Sting’,” Newsday, August 29 2008.
State New York
Type City
Population 25920
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