Hempstead gets new joint task force to combat gang issue

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HEMPSTEAD VILLAGE -

One Nassau County village is getting an assist from the state to deal with gang violence.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has approved a plan to create a joint task force to combat the gang problem in Hempstead.

The plan calls for two patrol cars – one from Nassau County police, the other from state police – with two uniformed officers inside.

A mobile command unit will manage the patrols.

Cuomo also said that big improvements are on the way in the long term.

"The advancements in technology, in policing are extraordinary," Cuomo said. "The use of license plate readers. The use of cameras, of social media are all part of a comprehensive strategy."

State, county and village officials will all be involved in the program.

Residents in the area say they believe the familiar problem of gang violence can be solved.

"If everybody could stick together and see what's going on and say something-- I think things could be better," said Sonia Smith, of Hempstead.

As News 12 has reported, state police are already helping patrol the streets.

Nassau County officers will also be involved in policing the area and there is already a community partnership program run by the Nassau district attorney's office.

READ MORE: County proposes plan to have state troopers patrol Hempstead Village

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