The union that represents Suffolk County police endorsed County Executive Steve Bellone on Tuesday in his bid for a third term.

“Our county police work hard every day to protect our residents and they do their job with honor, integrity, and dedication,” said Noel DiGerolamo, President of Suffolk County PBA. “For the past eight years, Steve Bellone has been a friend and a partner in this effort who believes in us and appreciates the work that we do in service to our county. The Suffolk PBA proudly endorses Steve Bellone.”

Bellone, a Democrat, this year faces Republican County Comptroller John Kenendy.

“In Suffolk County, crime is at the lowest levels in recorded history because of our law enforcement personnel,” Bellone said in a statement.

“I am been proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with the hard-working men and women of the SCPD who risk their lives in service to our communities and our residents. I am honored to receive their support and I thank PBA President Noel DiGerolamo for his continued leadership on behalf of Suffolk’s finest.”