Mineola, NY - Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today issued the following statement:

"District Attorney Rice today brought a troubling matter to my attention regarding questionable influence within the Nassau County Police Department. Upon further investigation, the District Attorney found no evidence to indicate criminality but the investigation itself indicates a fresh look at internal procedures is warranted. This approach is necessary to maintain the highest standards of police internal administration. New leadership sends a clear message that stringent administrative review and application is underway.

Accordingly, I met with Commissioner Tom Dale this morning to discuss the matter, after which he tendered his resignation. I have appointed Deputy County Executive for Public Safety Victor Politi to serve as Acting Police Commissioner during transition. In addition, Chief of Detectives John Capece has retired and I have appointed Narcotics Vice Squad Inspector Kevin Smith to serve the department in this position.

I thank District Attorney Rice for expeditiously investigating this matter and for insuring the public's trust in our police department is unquestionable.

The Nassau County Police Department has suffered a series of setbacks related to a handful of employees over the last decade; however, it is important to note the overwhelming majority of police officers serve our residents honorably and I thank them for their dedication to protecting our neighborhoods and making Nassau the safest large county in America. The fact that crime is down 10% over the last four years is a testament to the effectiveness of the Nassau County Police Department."