As Commissioner I am committed to holding Nassau County Police officers to the highest standards of conduct. When I started my tenure as Commissioner there were 33 active internal affairs investigations. Since that time 30 have been resolved resulting in 1,000 days pay or $50,000 in fines being levied by the department. Two resulted in police officers being terminated.
It is critical to note that I lobbied the Nassau County Legislature for a change in county law that allows officers to choose arbitration when their penalty exceeded a certain number of days. The Nassau County Legislature approved this change with bipartisan support. As Police Commissioner I should be held strictly accountable by the County Executive and the people of Nassau County for police conduct. I have also started a "Disciplinary Probation'' period and "Counseling'' services as part of the discipline process.