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Nassau County To Start Closing Down Police Precincts In May

MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Nassau County is providing more details about its controversial plan to close four of its eight police precincts.

Officials said the reorganization plan will begin May 1 with the Levittown station house  being the first to become a community policing center with reduced staff and responsibilities.

The 1st Precinct in Baldwin, 5th Precinct in Elmont, 6th Precinct in Manhasset will also become community policing centers.

The centers will have up to 10 officers on duty — including supervisors, detectives, and both desk and response officers — but will not handle arrests.

The 2nd Precinct in Woodbury, 3rd Precinct in Williston Park, 4th Precinct in Hewlett and 7th Precinct in Seaford will remain open and operate as usual.

County Executive Ed Mangano said the plan would save about $20 million and police patrols wouldn’t change in neighborhoods. He said the remaining four precincts would serve the entire county.

Nassau County is facing a $310 million budget gap.

  • ALEX

    Well, I guess the rest of the NASSAU cops will need to write MORE Tickets to compensate for lost revenue, AND THEY WILL KEEP THE BIGGER SHARE OF THE PROFITS. SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD DEAL!

  • Hoodwinked

    Residents hookwinked again. So lets get this straight. They fired not one cop. They gave millions of dollars of extra payouts to cops that were about to retire anyway. They changed not one compensation or overtime component. How exactly is this saving money? Mangano stroking civil service unions again.

    • Shafted

      I know someone in one of the precincts. The older cops are hysterical laughing all the way to the bank. On top of their already ludicrous contracts and pensions, out of left field they are sudddenly given hundreds of thousands of dollars above and beyond their contracts, just to retire. Most of them were planning on retiring within a year anyway. They get a kick how Mangano sold this to the moronic public as money saving. In the meantime, all new hires and younger cops are put on the same exact labor contract as the old, not one item changed. If anything they say the changes will mean even more overtime.

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