Nassau's first community policing center opens

Nassau County begins its controversial move to combine police precincts to save cash today.Starting today, staff at the 8th precinct in Levittown will be reduced

WOODBURY - Nassau County begins its controversial move to combine police precincts to save cash today.

Starting today, staff at the 8th precinct in Levittown will be reduced and arrests will now be processed at the 2nd precinct in Woodbury.

The police union says it is watching to make sure the reassignments don't put residents at risk. However, top police commanders say there is no cause for concern.

As many as 10 officers will be at the community policing centers Mondays through Fridays. Three more precincts will consolidate over the next few months. The 6th precinct in Manhasset will fold into the 3rd precinct in Williston Park by July 1.

In addition, the 5th precinct in Elmont and the 1st precinct in Baldwin will convert later this year. Nassau County leaders hope the move saves up to $20 million a year.

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