MINEOLA - County Executive Ed Mangano (R-Nassau) today unveiled a plan to revamp the county's police department, stressing that no precincts will be shuttered and no officers would be taken off the streets. According to Mangano, instead of eight police precincts, the county may soon have four precincts and four new "Community Policing Centers." Those centers will not process criminals or handle administrative work, Mangano says. Under the plan, the 1st, 5th, 6th and 8th precincts would become policing centers. The county executive says the move will save an estimated $20 million by eliminating 100 administrative positions through retirement, attrition, incentive or termination.
The plan still has to be approved by the Nassau County Legislature. Mangano says there will be many meetings and public hearings on it first.PBA Union Leader James Carver says the plan will jeopardize the public's safety. "It's Mangano math," Carver says. "It does not add up."To watch County Executive Mangano's full news conference on his precinct plans, to go channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select the 'iO Extra' tab.