Supporters rally for reopening of merged police precinct
A rally was held Wednesday in support of reopening a Nassau police precinct that was merged with another precinct in 2012.
North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth is leading the charge among elected officials to urge the county to reopen the 6th Precinct on Community Drive in Manhasset.
It was closed in the spring of 2012, and residents tell News 12 that they feel their safety and quality of life have been compromised since then.
Merging the 6th Precinct with the 3rd Precinct was among several mergers the county Legislature approved that year to save $20 million annually. A merger between Hewlett's 4th Precinct and Elmont's 5th Precinct was reversed back in 2015 amid public outcry.
Acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter says there are no plans to reopen the 6th Precinct and calls it unnecessary.
"Crime has been reduced since the policing consolidation, and anybody that says there has been any impact is either misinformed or disingenuous," he says.
Nassau County Supervisor Ed Mangano did not respond to News 12's questions regarding whether the county will consider reopening the precinct.