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More Staff Headed to Nassau Community Policing Centers

Nassau County police precincts

The above map shows the Nassau County police precincts that will be closing following a legislative vote on March 5, 2012. (Photo: CBS 2)

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MINEOLA, NY (CBSNewYork / AP) - Nassau County’s new community policing centers will have up to ten officers assigned to them, instead of the two originally proposed.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs On The Story

They’ll include supervisors, detectives, and both desk and response officers.

Currently, about 50 officers work in precincts but many are on patrol during their shifts.

The police union and county administration reached agreement on the changes, which were in response to concerns regarding county executive Ed Mangano’s plan to reduce Nassau’s eight precincts to four, with the remainder becoming community policing centers.

Mangano says the controversial precinct reorganization plan will save $20 million annually.

The two sides also agreed on a police retirement incentive plan that encourages high paid cops to call it quits.

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