For the second time in four years, East Hampton Town police officer Arthur Scalzo has been named the department’s Police Officer of the Year.
Scalzo, along with several other officers and detectives in the department, was feted January 25 at the annual Southampton Kiwanis Club Police Awards Banquet, held at Atlantis in Riverhead. The banquet honors police officers and detectives from departments across the East End.
East Hampton Town police Chief Michael Sarlo commented Monday on Scalzo’s work for the department. Scalzo is a 13-year veteran of the department. He also served two tours of duty in the U.S. military overseas during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
“Artie has been assigned to the East End Drug Task Force for a little over a year,” Chef Sarlo said. “He was instrumental in this past summer’s large-scale narcotics investigation in Montauk, which culminated with the arrest of 18 individuals on felony narcotics distribution charges. As case officer, Artie worked diligently to coordinate EHTPD detective and patrol division information, and ensure the cooperation of federal, state, and county law enforcement.”
Scalzo received the same honor for his work as a patrol officer in 2014. In March of 2013, an early morning traffic stop of a truck on Further Lane revealed a cache of stolen copper gutters, leading to the arrest and ultimate conviction of the two men in the truck.
Later that year, Scalzo was the first to arrive at a Springs residence, where a 26-year-old man had overdosed on heroin. Scalzo saved the man’s life by administering Narcan, a drug that reverses the effects of an overdose.