Nassau County To Close Half Of Its Police Precincts Under New Plan

MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Nassau County is getting ready to shut down half of its police precincts.

County Executive Ed Mangano and Police Commissioner Thomas Dale announced the move Monday.

The county will be implementing a new Community Policing Plan which includes the closing of four of the area’s eight police precincts.

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reports

The First Precinct in Baldwin, Fifth Precinct in Elmont, Sixth Precinct in Manhasset and Eighth Precinct in Levittown will become community policing centers with fewer officers.

EXTRA: Precinct Map (pdf)

The Second Precinct in Woodbury,  Third Precinct in Williston Park, Fourth Precinct in Hewlett and Seventh Precinct in Seaford will remain open and operate as a regular precinct.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs On The Story

Officials said 48 police officers will be moved from desk jobs to so-called “problem-oriented police positions.”

Mangano said the plan will save taxpayers up to $20 million a year, eliminating over 100 desk jobs and slashing overtime costs.

“Keeping residents safe is my number one priority,” said Mangano.  “This plan keeps all 177 patrols cars in their current neighborhoods, assigns more cops to POP and opens four new Community Policing Centers throughout the County while increasing efficiencies.”

“This plan saves taxpayers significant dollars while streamlining duplicative work, redistributing workload and assigning more officers to POP and special patrol,” said Dale.  “Nassau County police officers change shift at their post and not at the station houses like you see in the movies.  Residents should know that response time will not be impacted as police officers will remain in their current neighborhoods and additional officers will be assigned to our neighborhoods.”

“Response time will not change. Every police officer will remain on his or her neighborhood post. In fact, 48 police officers will be assigned to patrol, and less to administrative duties,” said Dale on Monday.

Nassau PBA President James Carver vows to fight the plan.

“With less places for the public to come to and feel safe, to be able to report something, and see a detective and see all the services that they have, it does negatively impact it,” Carver told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs.

“We currently have eight police precincts and they’re trying to tell everybody that having four police precincts is a better way to police Nassau County, well they’re dead wrong on this,” Carver told 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera.

Do you agree with the plan? Let us know below…

  • Post office lady

    i dont feel sorry for anybody who is complaining that did not VOTE..i did not vote for mangano he is crazy , deranged and just plain out of his freaking mind..just months ago he was looking for money and said “we had money” for the Nassau sports arena project now we are broke like what the hell wanna close precincts and make nassau into the new new york city just like it was in the city …buses not worked by civil servants..more trash more crime more grime is he serious what the hell is he smoking i can come up with better ideas than closing precinct sitting on the toilet

  • Outraged

    This is getting ridiculous! Save the banks ans the auto dealers, and get rid of our men in Blue!!!!! What do we need to do to retain our safety and protection! This is the most ridiculous idea yet How do we stop this …next it will be more Firehouses that will close. We should never compromise our Fired dept and Police depts. Close some of the pools, and playgrounds?????

  • One and Done

    Was Ed Mangano out drinking with Peter Schmitt when he thought up this idea???

  • Steve Vitalo

    It’s really nothing more than Mangano math. Why not just close all the precincts and pay the State Police to patrol the county.

    • post office lady

      he missed that class his ideas are out of control and dont add up

  • Nancy K. Spiegeleire

    Mangano is out of his mind if he thinks this can be implemented. He is the type to not listen to anyone…make his own decision without realloy thinking this through, and making Nassau County far worse than it is now. Does he realize that crime HAS gone up!!!????? Stop trying to think you’re going to be the hero after all is said and done….LISTEN TO THE PUBLIC….THE ONE’S THAT ELECTED YOU…OR HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN THAT!!!!!?????????

  • Bi County

    Nassau County residents have no clue how good they have it!!! Cops who cater to the public’s every need. 911 in Nassau sends the police for everything unlike 911 in NYC (311’s for non-emergency) The police in Nassau once took pride in their job at one time but now they are the target for a POORLY RUN COUNTY where people are paying THOUSANDS in taxes, over 75% of which goes to their schools, NOT MUCH going to the County expenses. RAISE COUNTY TAXES TEN BUCKS A MONTH and stop punishing the workforce.

  • SF

    Mangano is smoking crack. You closed 2 of the busiest precincts but left the precint he lives in open. Just note that Mangano lives in one of if not THE slowest precint in the entire county. Just who is he REALLY benefiting???

    • joeybags

      SF, Mangano actually DOES live in one of the precincts closing, and it is definitely NOT the slowest, or even one of the slowest in the county. Not sure where you’re getting your info from. For the record, absolutely not defending Mangano or his plan. It’s absurd and residents are going to be in for a rude awakening.

  • Scared in Elmont

    Yeah, that’s what Elmont needs. Less cops.

    • Mitch

      You don’t even see them around as it is, unless they’re passing through. Years ago you would see them patrolling the side streets of Elmont. NOT anymore.

  • Lawn-Guy Land

    Nassau County should just bill its budget shortfall to New York City. The City doesn’t have a deficit, so it’s fully responsible for Nassau’s deficit. Besides, all those desks need protecting.

  • JOE

    Are they transferring them to the F.E.M.A. camps.

  • Alice

    I must correct myself, I’m sure Monte isn’t overpaid, he is probably unemployed.

  • Alice

    Sounds like Monte just described himself.

  • Monte

    What a weak response from Carver. Less places for the public to come and be safe? Is he kidding. He must mean less places for the public to go and get greeted by useless, rude, over paid doosh bags.

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