The East Hampton Town Police Department has hired two new officers, Tom Strong, 33, and Mike Rodriguez, 23, both of East Hampton. With Capt. Michael Sarlo acting as mentor, the department started them on Monday on a 12-week orientation and on-the-job training program.
The number of drunken-driving arrests made by East Hampton Town police last month was down by half from the March 2012 figure, from 24 to 12.
Capt. Michael Sarlo cautioned, however, that no inference should be drawn from the decrease. “Year to date, our number of arrests are just below where we were last year at this time,” he said Tuesday, while speculating that increased public awareness of the dangers and risks of drunken driving may also be a factor.