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Letter: Crime is down in Nassau

A Nassau police car (Jan. 30, 2012)

A Nassau police car (Jan. 30, 2012) Credit: Howard Schnapp

I take issue with Newsday's misleading story regarding Nassau County's crime statistics ["Spike after mergers," News, April 17].

The consolidation of police precincts kept all 176 police cars patrolling Nassau streets. Crime is down 652 cases year-to-date, resulting in an 8 percent reduction in local crime. Major crime is down 0.29 percent year-to-date. Since County Executive Edward Mangano took office three years ago, total crime is down 10 percent as the county utilizes more resources and technology than ever before to combat crime.

As Nassau's top cop, I believe in straight talk. Newsday's story inaccurately portrayed the state of Nassau County and this was a disservice to every Nassau County police officer who has succeeded in bringing crime to the lowest levels in decades.

Thomas V. Dale, Mineola

Editor's note: The writer is Nassau County police commissioner.