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Board approves giving protection to North Hempstead bay constables

Mallory Nathan, 47, Senior Bay Constable for the

Mallory Nathan, 47, Senior Bay Constable for the Town of North Hempstead, patrols Manhasset Bay in an aluminum hulled patrol boat. (AUg. 18, 2010) Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

  Bay Constable Mallory Nathan never knows what to expect when patrolling the Town of North Hempstead's 32 miles of waterfront.

Nathan, along with another full-time constable and five part-time constables now don't have to face water issues unarmed. The town board earlier this month approved allowing bay constables to carry weapons - not guns, but batons and law-enforcement grade pepper spray.

"It gives us at least something to protect ourselves with," he said Wednesday while patrolling Manhasset Bay.

>> Read Jennifer Sinco Kelleher's full story

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