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Nassau Police Precinct Merger: Community Policing Centers (UPDATED)

What role will the community policing centers play in the county's precinct realignment?

Story updated at 10:05 a.m. on March 21.

After last week's approval by the Nassau Legislature, the ball is officially rolling on County Executive Ed Mangano's police precinct realignment, something the county's Police Benevolent Association says "is going to change policing for the next 50 years."

The plan calls for the county's eight precincts to be merged into four, as well as the elimination of more than 100 desk jobs and cuts in "costly" built-in overtime benefits.

According to the county, the Eighth Precinct will be converted into a community policing center approximately 30 days after legislative approval – which sets the prospective date for April 4.

The community policing centers have been a topic of concern for many residents and PBA officials, who are uncertain of their role in the overall realignment and just how long they will be in place for.

"I don’t believe that those substations will stay open for very long," PBA President Jim Carver told Patch. "Wait until Mangano’s re-election comes about and then they’ll be eliminating [the community policing centers] to save more money."

According to the PBA, at one of the first community meetings, Deputy County Executive Rob Walker said that within a year, the county might realize that they don't need the community centers, so they would consider selling those buildings.

The county responded by saying the PBA took the quote out of context. According to the county, Walker stated that they move the facilities to other communities and, if this occurs, the county and Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) would work with the communities to determine the best possible location.

In a statement to Patch, the county originally said that the community policing centers would have two people assigned to them. However, earlier this week, Newsday [paid link] confirmed that the policing centers would now have "up to 10 officers" in them at any given time.

The staffing complement at the community policing centers will include two desk officers on duty on each of two 12-hour shifts, Krumpter said. There will also be two detectives assigned during each of two 12-hour shifts.

According to Newsday, there will also be at least two supervisors and two Problem-Oriented Police (POP) officers who respond to community concerns.

The county also maintains that it will accommodate residents as necessary should the situation arise, claiming that the NCPD will remain a "service-orientated department."

"We will respond to the complainant's house or the policing center to meet the complainant," the county said in a statement. "If necessary we will transport the complainant to the precinct."

However, Carver's concerns continued on to the officers that would be working in the policing centers. The PBA president said that when police officers get hurt, sometimes they go on "light duty" and that these are the officers that the county wants at the policing centers. He believes that this will be a problem if an incident were to occur at the precinct.

Again, the county countered by saying this will be no different from the current format.

"Currently there are frequently situations where members who are working in a station on the desk are on restricted duty," the county said. "Quite often we have four to five members on the desk who are on restricted duty when there are only three posts."

This is the third part of our series on the plan to merge the precincts in Nassau County. Check back with Patch for more on this special report.

Helen May 02, 2012 at 09:15 PM
@ Scott - you are welcome. I appreciate the highly engaging debates we have on these boards - ignoring the rhetoric and peanut gallery - we've been putting our collective heads together. Now, hopefully change will eventually come.... Not just here with this discussion - but in all facts of our lives we need to do several things which only we can do if we want to - the first being a responsible person who does the best they can with what the have. Second - we need to look beyond what the news tells us - hey, what's the difference if it comes from your tv or paper or ME? Who says they are correct? Who says I am? Find the story - the whole story and then decide. The pool is always deeper when you are outside of it. Finally, we need to be mature and listen to other's opinions and thoughts. If we attack then the others will become defensive and rightfully so. (stepping off soap box now).
mike reed May 08, 2012 at 07:48 PM
nassau cops are nothing more than high paid crossing guards. with all these cops pulling guns on bartenders, covering up friends crimes, and having sex on duty in vans, they should use closed up precincts as day care centers for those whose guns were taken away. akin to the rubber room for teachers. don't get me started.
mike reed May 08, 2012 at 08:20 PM
if what you say is correct about being held to a higher standard, then why hasn't the cop who pulled his gun on a bartender not arrested. the cops were called and just because the bartender didn't want to press charges, the video would have been shown to a grand jury (if it weren't destroyed or lost) and the cop would have been indicted. do you think the other cop would have lied for wyatt earp knowing a video existed. a blue line does exist but a video is worth a lot more than a thousand words and the other cop would not risk his neck. fire him and let him try stealing babyfood.
mike reed May 08, 2012 at 08:28 PM
the binding arbitration provision expires in 2014. lets see what happens then. a two tier pay system will be adopted until all the lame and lazy retire. hopefully, we'll return this county to a position of stability. bonuses, longevity, etc out the door. selling back unpaid sick and vacation pay is another scam. it doesn't happen in the private sector.
mike reed May 08, 2012 at 08:37 PM
he broke the law. let a judge decide his fate, not other cops. a civilian would have been arrested on the spot charged with attempted murder in addition to numerous other charges where he couldn't make bail. it is really appalling to see so many cops involved in incidents of varying degrees and released without bail and given the opportunity to retire to save their pensions and perks. they are not above the law, in fact, since they are took an oath to uphold the law, they should be punished to a higher degree to send a message to others that it is not worth it.

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