MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Officials in the western part of Long Island are trumpeting a 10.8 percent drop in major crime in 2010 over the previous year.

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano notes there was a 12.9 percent decrease in murder, 18.6 percent drop in sex crimes and 13.2 percent fewer robberies.

Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey credits better police intelligence for some of the success.

Officials said the drop in major crime comes at a time when the department is operating with 125 fewer non-patrol positions.

A spokeswoman in neighboring Suffolk County on eastern Long Island said statistics for 2010 were not immediately available.

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