The Southampton Kiwanis Club awarded its Sag Harbor Village “Top Cop” honor to Sergeant Robert Drake at a dinner on January 25 at the Long Island Aquarium.
Sgt. Drake has been with the Sag Harbor Police since 1999, and was promoted to his current rank in 2016. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Hartford.
He has been credited with performing important investigative work, as the Sag Harbor Police Department does not currently have an active detective. According to Sag Harbor Police Chief Austin J. McGuire, Sgt. Drake had a critical role in recovering more than $200,000 in stolen landscaping equipment for a village resident and more than $13,000 in revenue for the village after a big forgery bust. Sgt. Drake has also led the training of four new officers and acts as a liaison to the state police.
“Rob leads from the front,” Chief McGuire said. “He does not shy away from any task, no matter how big or small. … He has been my right hand since I started and I truthfully could not do it without him.”