PBA Ramps Up Opposition to Precinct Plan on Long Island

Nassau County's police union continues to oppose a precinct reorganization plan that would eliminate 100 desk jobs and reassign 48 officers to patrol and convert half the county's eight precincts into 24-hour Community Policing Centers.

The precinct reorganization will save $20 million a year without reducing police presence in the precincts slated for closure, according to Brian Nevin, a spokesman for County Executive Ed Mangano. He added that all 177 patrol cars in those four precincts will remain in those areas.

"Overall, crime is down 10 percent since County Executive Mangano took office in 2010," Nevin wrote in an e-mail to WNYC.

But Police Benevolent Association President James Carver said he's urging the county to table this month's vote to allow more research into its impact. The Nassau PBA held a news conference in front of one of those precincts in Manhassat, on Monday.

"What we've seen here in Nassau County since late last summer ... early fall, is an increase in burglaries and robberies and other major crimes," Carver said.