Long Island's Hidden Past: Suffolk County Police Museum

The Suffolk County Police Museum in Yaphank has on display a traffic ticket given to 17-year-old John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

The Suffolk County Police Museum in Yaphank has on display a traffic ticket given to 17-year-old John Fitzgerald Kennedy. (3/4/15)

YAPHANK - It was the morning of Aug. 11 in 1935, Brookhaven Constable Jake Lecinski was on a routine patrol not knowing he was about to meet a 17-year-old who would one day be the 35th president of the United States.

This is the story of the 1935 John Fitzgerald Kennedy traffic ticket.

Suffolk County Police Officer and department historian Ed Johntry says Constable Lecinski saw a car driving way too fast up Middle Country Road going over the yellow line passing a car.

He wrote him a summons, the young Kennedy was polite. A representative of the family came down to the station and paid the $3 fine.

The Kennedy ticket is just one of the many artifacts visitors can see at the Suffolk County Police Museum.

Located at police headquarters in Yaphank, the museum celebrates the lives, the dedication and the history of those who took an oath to keep the peace in Suffolk County.

Some of the artifacts on display include guns carried by constables in bootlegging raids. The museum also houses the replica of a 1920s station house.

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