Committees Vote In Favor Of Nassau County’s Community Policing Plan

MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) —  Nassau County’s Public Safety, Finance and Rules committees each voted in favor of a controversial plan to consolidate the county’s police precincts.

The full legislature will vote on the move in two weeks on February 27th.

Last month, County Executive Ed Mangano announced a new Community Policing Plan which includes the closing of four of the area’s eight police precincts.

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reports

The plan would also move 48 police officers 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.

If the plan is approved by three committees on Monday it will go to the full legislature for a vote on Feb. 27.

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The plan has been met with criticism by county residents who feel their safety will be jeopardized.

Rally against Nassau County police precinct closures - Mineola, NY - Feb 13, 2012 (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

Rally against Nassau County police precinct closures - Mineola, NY - Feb 13, 2012 (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

Clara Pomerantz, of East Hills, protested outside the meeting Monday. She fears fewer police officers will be present in the neighborhood but Mangano said no patrol officers would be taken off the streets under the plan.

Over the weekend, outraged PBA members and residents came together to fight a proposal.

What do you think of the plan? Let us know below…

  • Anthony Santos

    Dont get me wrong. But Im for Mangano cutting down on police in Nassau County. They are way to many police running around and all they do is pull people over constantly to issue summons and tickets, and Im sick of it. Its harassment.Im Geting tired of seeing police pulling over car after car in those speed stings for quotes. Its wrong. Im for ticketing those that well deserve it, but not this renegade sting opeations and speed traps that harass citizens. Its digusting. Bad enough we must contend with the camera ticket devices let alone deal with bunch of yahoo cops pulling way to many vehicles over. Seriously, they are better things for police to do? Example a burglary in progress in valley stream a few weeks ago, and like a dozen police show up? Like a bunch of wild boy scouts, guns toting out, tripping over each others feet,It looked really stupid on tv. You dont need a whole precient of police officiers to one buglary in progress call? When you have that many police respond, there is an obvious issue that the NCPD are bored and out of control. Way to many police on the county budget overpaid and bored. So lets start chopping down this police club and begin to fix the budget, starting with that.

  • Glad I live in Suffolk

    This ought to be great when the cars that are supposed to be patrolling Massapequa and Massapequa park are pulled to Uniondale because all the other cars are out of service on arrests, meal and transports. Parking at the 7th precinct will become a real hoot too. It sucks right now. Imagine another whole precinct worth of cars and people coming in for reports. Good thinking bonehead! why don’t you sink another 60 million into the executive office building or the one west legislature building currently under way. And somebody wonders why we have budget issues. Attention all criminals! Attention all criminals! There will be no police patrolling the way they used to after this merger goes through. Enjoy the criminality you will be able to commit without fear of getting caught. Good folks of Nassau County, it’s time to abandon this at filled sinking ship piloted by Captain Two-Face.

  • Lawn-Guy Land

    Nassau County shouldn’t even need police because, by law, suburbs are supposed to be quiet and pristine, while crime is supposed to be confined to cities. The fact that we have any any crime at all means that New York City is still ILLEGALLY shipping its criminals to us.

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