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Profiles of the 3 indicted Nassau cops

Alan Sharpe, William Flanagan and John Hunter pleaded

Alan Sharpe, William Flanagan and John Hunter pleaded not guilty to charges they conspired to prevent the arrest of a teenager whose father prosecutors said "was a financial benefactor of the police." (March 1, 2012) Credit: NCDA

The three Nassau Police commanders facing conspiracy charges -- William Flanagan, Alan Sharpe and John Hunter -- have more than 90 years' of combined service to the department.



Flanagan, 54, of Islip, served as second deputy commissioner in charge of a range of special police projects since 2009, officials said.

He was a driving force behind implementation of the gunshot detection system ShotSpotter, now deployed in some of the most dangerous parts of the county. He also helped organize police buybacks of illegal guns.

His 29-year career included stints in the Eighth Precinct in Levittown and Seventh Precinct in Seaford.

Flanagan also did some undercover narcotics work and was a trustee of the department's supervisors' union, officials said. He retired Wednesday.



Hunter, a 35-year veteran, was promoted to deputy chief of patrol last year.

He started his career as an officer in the Williston Park-based Third Precinct. He was promoted to sergeant in 1988 and assigned to the Second Precinct in Woodbury, officials said.

Hunter, 59, of Oyster Bay, has also served as commanding officer of the department's police academy and highway patrol bureau. He retired Wednesday.



A 27-year veteran, Sharpe was the former deputy commander of the Seventh Precinct Detectives Squad.

Sharpe, 54, of Huntington Station, held the rank of sergeant when he retired Jan. 6.

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