Written by Terence Jason Dorman Friday, 27 July 2012 00:00
After a few months of constant concern from New Hyde Park residents, Inspector Sean McCarthy, commanding officer of the Nassau County Third Precinct, was the guest speaker at last week’s village board meeting to address the concerns of residents.
Before opening the floor to the public, Inspector McCarthy provided a brief report regarding crime in the area and provided an update on the precinct. First, McCarthy reported that the Third and Sixth precincts have been combined and are now both under his command. While some residents expressed concern over this, McCarthy went on to explain that the combining of the precincts allows for a continuity of leadership and access to more P.O.P. (Problem Oriented Police) cops.
Before the consolidation there had only been one P.O.P. officer, but with the precincts combined there is room for three P.O.P. officers. This grants the precinct quicker response to reoccurring problems, as well as increasing the dialogue between the police department and concerned citizens.
Regarding crime, McCarthy was hesitant yet happy to report that crime in the New Hyde Park area is low by historical standards. He stressed, however, that the police department can always do better and he is striving to bring crime down even further.
To help the police accomplish this, the inspector urged residents to make use of the 911 phone system. McCarthy explained that the 911 system is designed to help both citizens and the police address issues as best as they can. In essence, the 911 call system allows the police to do their job more efficiently than if citizens call the station houses or individual police officers directly.
The most persistent problem, the McCarthy reported, is criminal mischief. Criminal mischief encompasses a wide variety of crimes, but the most common in New Hyde Park is in-car item thefts. The inspector reminded residents that, when possible, they should not leave valuables in their cars. If they have to, though, he reminds everyone to lock their doors and keep the valuables out of plain sight. He also pointed out that many car thefts were the result of cars being unlocked. He said you’d be surprised at how many folks do not lock their cars and in some cases even leave their keys in them. So he urged all residents to be sure to lock their cars.
Moving on to questions from the public, the issue of Empire Billiards was the first to arise. McCarthy stressed that he is aware of the situation and is doing what he can to satisfy the concerns of the public. He made it clear that the village board has revoked the pool hall’s gaming license, but neither the village nor the police department can do anything about its liquor license. McCarthy closed the discussion regarding Empire Billiards by reminding the residents to call 911 whenever there is a problem and that the extra two P.O.P. officers will certainly help address the issue.
Following the discussion of Empire Billiards, McCarthy heard many other concerns from residents of the village. McCarthy addressed their issues and explained how he planned on handling each problem. A common solution discussed was to circulate police to the problem areas at the times described by the residents so that officers will be on hand to witness and handle the problems that were being voiced to him.
McCarthy finished his time at the meeting by stating that he will happily address any specific concerns that the residents have and urged the New Hyde Park residents to use the 911 call system and to have faith in the police department. He concluded his presentation by reminding the board members and those in attendance that the police department is there to serve the public and that they are doing everything in their power to do so.