Hempstead Village and Merrick will host separate meetings Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, about Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano’s police reorganization plan.
Mangano has said the plan would save $20 million a year by eliminating 100 police department employees and downgrading Elmont’s Fifth Precinct, Baldwin’s First Precinct, Levittown’s Eighth Precinct and Manhasset’s Sixth Precinct to “community policing centers,” each staffed around the clock by two officers. He would reassign 48 desk officers to neighborhood crime prevention and keep all current patrols. The Nassau County Legislature meets on Feb. 27 to consider the plan.
Chief Deputy County Executive Rob Walker and Deputy County Police Chief Thomas Krumpter are expected to give a presentation at the Hempstead Chamber of Commerce meeting about the potential revamp and answer questions from attendees. The meeting will be held Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the community room of the Hempstead Public Library, 115 Nichols Ct., Hempstead Village.
For more about the Hempstead meeting, call the Chamber of Commerce at 516-476-2901.
Meanwhile, Nassau County Legis. Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick), the North and Central Merrick Civic Association and the South Merrick Community Civic Association invite residents living in the First and Seventh Precinct coverage areas to discuss the plan to turn the First Precinct into a community policing center. The meeting will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at the North Merrick Library, 1691 Meadowbrook Rd., Merrick.
For more details about the Merrick meeting, call Denenberg at 516-571-6219 or Claudia Borecky, president of the North and Central Merrick Civic Association, at 516-972-6988.