Kevin Williams made his debut Tuesday in Huntington as commander of the Second Precinct, where he had previously served in different capacities.
Williams, who was described by one police officer as a “big teddybear,” and as having “a big heart” by Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison, answered questions about himself and gave updates on crime statistics in the 2nd. He succeeded William Scrima, who was been promoted to deputy chief, overseeing all seven SCPD precincts.
The new inspector’s most recent assignment with the department was with the Marine Bureau, but had previously served in Huntington as a sergeant, lieutenant and as executive officer.
“My heart is here in Huntington,” he said at a community meeting at the stationhouse, adding that he had grown up here.
Harrison came by the meeting to explain the process by which Williams was selected, noting that the department had invited a handful of community groups to talk with several candidates for the position. He said he had previously relied on community feedback for appointments when he was with the New York Police Department. He also said Williams would have big shoes to fill in following Scrima.
He provided some statistics and updates on recent crimes in Huntington, noting a recent crackdown on vape shops that had sold products to underage patrons. He also talked about the Feb. 16 stabbing death of a Huntington Station man, the barricading of a home by a man resisting eviction who was later taken in for a psychiatric evaluation, and a fatal car accident on McKay Road.
He revealed that a woman who was struck and killed by a hit and run driver on Jericho Turnpike Saturday morning had managed to call 911; she was taken to Huntington Hospital but died of her injuries.
Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison, describing part of the selection process.