Nassau residents rally to save local police precinct

ELMONT - Residents who live in the boundaries of Nassau's 5th Precinct held a rally in Elmont today to protest County Executive Ed Mangano's (R-Nassau) plan to turn the precinct into a community policing center.

"We don't want our lives to be jeopardized," says rally organizer Milagros Vicente, of North Valley Stream.

As News 12 Long Island has reported, Mangano's plan would turn four of the county's eight precincts into community policing centers in an effort to save $20 million by cutting 100 desk jobs.

A spokesperson from the county executive's office says under the proposal, all police buildings will remain open, all patrol cars will stay on the streets, and 48 officers will be added to community policing positions.

Another rally against the police precinct plan will take place Monday at 10:30 a.m. in Mineola. At 11 a.m., the Public Safety Committee will hold a hearing on the proposal.

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