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Letter: Police Commissioner Responds to Critics of the Community Policing Plan

Over the past several months, there has been much speculation and criticism about the future of Nassau’s eight police precinct buildings. Though critics of this plan have expressed skepticism on realigning the current eight precincts into four, it is important to remember that all eight buildings will remain open and accessible to the public. The realignment of the precincts only affects the boundary lines of administrative paperwork and criminal processing, not the locations in which officers are located on the streets as some critics have stated.

To be clear, all 177 current patrols cars will continue to remain in their current neighborhoods. That will never change. Additionally, this plan will improve the services that are provided to residents by reassigning 48 police officers from their current desk jobs to POP cops.

This Community Policing Plan will protect taxpayers by implementing efficiencies throughout the Nassau County Police Department. Both the Independent Budget Office and NIFA agree that there will be annual savings of nearly $20 million through the modernization of Nassau’s 1970s 8th Precinct building plan, by slashing costly built-in overtime costs and by eliminating more than 100 desk jobs.

Over the past several months, the Nassau County Police Department analyzed the distribution of workload within the department with the goal of addressing contemporary crime trends. This analysis also included identifying the reasons residents visit precinct buildings. Statistics indicate that residents, not subject to arrest, seldom visit precinct buildings. In fact, the common instance for visiting a precinct building is to obtain a traffic accident report. Accordingly, the department will make this information available on the Internet to assist residents.

Technological enhancements have truly helped make law enforcement response more efficient and effective in fighting crime. Patrol cars are presently equipped with computers, Shotspotter and the REAL Time Intel System. Officers receive briefings in their vehicles and input intelligence and key information right from their own patrol vehicle. Recognizing the technological gains of the past 40 years, this new Community Policing Plan corrects current imbalances in workload.

Thomas Dale
Commissioner, Nassau County Police

News

Westbury High School students are teaching younger children from Park Avenue Elementary School valuable life lessons about money and business skills through the High School Heroes program.

 

In this program, high school students that are taking Renate Johnson’s Junior Achievement class will go into first grade classrooms to teach 45-minute lessons.

 

“It is a program that gives high school and younger students confidence and teaches them about business and financial literacy,” said Johnson.

The Westbury Historical Society will host Dr. Natalie Naylor, professor emerita at Hofstra University and author of Women in Long Island’s Past: Eminent Ladies and Everyday Lives at their next meeting on March 9. 

 

Naylor’s presentation will focus on the place of women in Long Island’s history, including several prominent women from Westbury’s past.  


Sports

Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 

 

The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.


Congratulations to Westbury athletes Michael Esposito, Eileen Harris, Brett Harris, and Michael Going, each of whom won awards in Race # 1 of the Jonas Chiropractic Run Nassau Series co-hosted by Nassau County and the Greater Long Island Running Club.

 

Michael Esposito, age 15, took home the second place award in the 15-19 age group with a time of 23 minutes, 6 seconds.  Eileen Harris, age 42, earned the first place award in the women’s 40-44 age group.  She completed the race with her 45 year old husband, Brett Harris, who was the third place award winner in the men’s 45-49 age group.  Michael Going, age 41, scored third place honors in the 40-44 age group with a time of 20 minutes, 51 seconds.


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Meet the Mayor - March 8


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