Newly created program aims to reduce false alarms that cost more than 2 million dollars annually and divert emergency resources
(Long Island, NY) The Suffolk County Police Department has announced the launch of the Alarm Management Program of Suffolk (AMPS) which is being implemented to reduce the thousands of false alarms that the Suffolk County Police Department responds to each year.
False alarms are more than an inconvenience—they take up time and energy of emergency personnel who may be needed to respond to real emergencies. In 2015, Suffolk County Police responded to more than 97,000 false alarms which consumed more than 32,000 patrol hours and cost more than $2,100,000. User error, system malfunctions and environmental triggers are the leading causes of false alarms; however, false alarms are preventable.
Beginning April 1, Suffolk County will open its Alarm Registration Portal accessible through www.suffolkpd.org for citizens to register alarms system. Individuals can also register their home or commercial alarm in person at Police Headquarters, located at 30 Yaphank Ave., Yaphank, between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). On June 1, AMPS will be fully implemented to reduce the thousands of false alarms that the Suffolk County Police Department responds to each year.
The initial permit registration is $50 for residences and $100 for businesses.