CENTRAL ISLIP - The Suffolk County Police Department has addressed the recent increase in violent crimes in communities such as Central Islip.

Officials say that people should not be scared and the department is deploying significant resources to ensure the community's safety.

Police say they are stepping up patrols in the third precinct, which covers Central Islip, after a string of gang-related shootings.

Authorities urge anyone with information that could lead to an arrest to come forward.