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Letter: Police commish hurting morale

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Acting Nassau

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter swear new police recruits on Monday, May 5, 2014 in Mineola, at the Donald Kane Auditorium at Police Headquarters. Credit: Howard Schnapp

As a retired Nassau County police officer, I read “More help fighting crime” [News, Feb. 12] with mixed emotions.

I was happy to read about the addition of hundreds of new license-plate readers and gunshot-detection devices that will help make my brother and sister officers’ jobs a little safer.

In the same article, I was saddened to read the cavalier comments of acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter about some of the dedicated officers who serve under him. He said that 60 officers had put in their retirement papers this year. “There’s no finer job anywhere,” he said, and if they’re not happy, they can leave. He further said, “If it’s a horrible job and if you think there’s something else better out there, then go, too.”

With comments like that, Krumpter’s words can only destroy morale. If he wants to comment on anything, maybe he should look at his own situation: a political appointee serving at the whim of a county executive under federal indictment for corruption. Maybe Krumpter, like the officers he spoke about, will be putting his retirement papers in sooner than he thinks.

Warren Healey, Rockville Centre

Editor’s note: The writer is a retired officer with the Nassau County Police Benevolent Association.