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Final Nassau Police Precinct Merger to Take Place Friday

Final step will leave four police precincts in Nassau County.

The Nassau County Police Department Seventh Precinct headquarters in Seaford. Credit Andrew Coen
The Nassau County Police Department Seventh Precinct headquarters in Seaford. Credit Andrew Coen
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.

The realignments 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 county.

Maureen Beccaris, a police officer with the First Precinct, said that Friday's merger isn't something she's looking forward to.

"This 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 politics."

The 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.

"The 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.

The 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 [paid link].

... 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.

The 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.

Bonnie Nesdall December 11, 2012 at 08:14 AM
This makes me very sad. My husband worked in all the precincts in the county. The 1st & 5th were the busiest.. Nassau County's communities will be adversely affected. What a shame. I am very thankful we moved out of Nassau County to another state. NY robs you of every cent you earn. The quality of life is better & the cost of living is much less else where. Get out of NY!
randy December 11, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Very sad day, I just don't get it. Meanwhile they still have the sign on the building adjacent to the 1ST that the county bought a few years ago to build a new pct on. Site of the New !st pct. Not even smart enough to take the sign down and stop infuriating the taxpayers for the money we laid out for that shamble of a house..........ridiculous.....

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