Final step will leave four police precincts in Nassau County.
The First Precinct in Baldwin will be absorbed by the Seventh Precinct
in Seaford on Friday, completing the final merger in Nassau and leaving the county with four police precincts.
were announced earlier in 2012 as a way to eliminate more than 100 desk
jobs and cut in "costly" built-in overtime benefits, according to the
Maureen Beccaris, a police officer with the First Precinct, said that Friday's merger isn't something she's looking forward to.
is a sad event in all of our lives, one that no one ever saw coming,"
Beccaris said. "It makes no sense, there is no cost savings, but it is
First Precinct, which was one of the busiest in Nassau prior to the
realignments according to the Nassau County Police Benevolent
Association (PBA), will now become the county's fourth community policing center
Fifth and First Precincts cover higher arrest locations where the
station houses are utilized probably more than any other station
houses," PBA President Jim Carver said.
The first realignment took place in May
after the Eighth Precinct in Levittown was absorbed by the Second Precinct in Woodbury. The second realignment followed in July
when the Third Precinct in Williston Park absorbed the Sixth Precinct in Manhasset.
third realignment was originally set to take place on Sept. 1, but
faced a "weeks-long delay" due to a potential overcrowding issue,
according to Newsday
the consolidated precinct's mix of prisoners, officers and other staff
is expected to be too crowded for the existing Hewlett building. So the
department plans to install a modular building for added office space
for supervisors, said First Deputy Commissioner Thomas Krumpter.
merger was eventually completed on Sept. 14 after trailers were
attached to the Fourth Precinct in order to accommodate the incoming
officers.Story by Matthew Hogan.
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