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Letter: Assemblyman Lavine’s Police Comments

I read remarks that Assemblyman Lavine has been publishing about the proposed merger of the Nassau County Police Department’s 2nd and 6th Precincts.

There is nothing in Assemblyman Lavine’s professional background, education, experience or training that provides him with the knowledge, skill or ability to assess municipal police operations or administration.

His allegations about the merger “placing extra pressure on the Glen Cove Police Department and our village police forces to make up the difference” are ludicrous.

Assemblyman Lavine ignores the facts that we have been told there will be no reduction in radio motor patrol (RMP) assignments for any of the areas policed by the 2nd and/or 6th Precincts. The investigative services the Detective Division provides are to remain intact. Any and all other emergency services available throughout Nassau County will still be there, we are told. RMP operators will continue to sign on and off duty directly from their assigned post as they have always done. They do not report for duty or are relieved at their Precinct Station Houses.

Both the Nassau County Police PBA and the Commissioner of Police Lawrence Mulvey back the merger.

Assemblyman Lavine apparently has ignored that local police departments are responsible mostly for uniformed radio motor patrol policing in their respective jurisdictions and limited detective or plainclothes functions.

Generally, they have neither radio motor patrol nor investigative responsibilities beyond their borders. Any merger of precincts will not alter these facts.

I must emphasize that local police do an outstanding job with their radio motor patrols and local investigations. They will continue to do so without having any “extra pressure” exerted on them resulting from a merger of the 2nd and 6th Precincts as Chuck Lavine falsely alleges.

Perhaps I can use this means to remind both Assemblyman Lavine and your readers that emergency calls made to the Nassau County Police do not go through a Precinct Station House.

 These emergency calls go direct to the 911 Operators at “Communications Bureau” located in a “bunker” type structure at Nassau County Police Headquarters in Mineola.

 The 911 Dispatchers assign the responding RMP Units from that point in Mineola.

 Accordingly, communication, coordination and cooperation between the Nassau County Police and the public they serve in either the 2nd Precinct or the 6th Precinct will not be compromised.

 Assemblyman Lavine is only trying to instill fear in his constituents, partially to get their minds off the fact that he proposed and voted for the unfair and unpopular MTA Tax.

 As Rob Germino, his well-qualified opponent has pointed out, this merger is partially brought about by the fact that Nassau County has to take every means available to them to offset the millions of dollars they are paying in MTA Taxes that our Assemblyman Chuck Lavine proposed, supported, and voted for.

 I hold undergraduate and graduate degrees in Criminal Justice and Police Administration from John Jay University, NYIT, and Long Island University. When I retired from the Nassau County Police, I was assigned to their Planning Unit and I am presently the field liaison to law enforcement at the American Institute for Tactical Studies, American Defense Systems Inc. in Hicksville.

Robert N. Pemberton, Sr