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.
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.
merger was eventually completed on Sept. 14 after trailers were
attached to the Fourth Precinct in order to accommodate the incoming