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Nassau County To Start Closing Down Police Precincts In May

MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) -- Nassau County is providing more details about its controversial plan to close four of its eight police precincts.

Officials said the reorganization plan will begin May 1 with the Levittown station house  being the first to become a community policing center with reduced staff and responsibilities.

The 1st Precinct in Baldwin, 5th Precinct in Elmont, 6th Precinct in Manhasset will also become community policing centers.

The centers will have up to 10 officers on duty -- including supervisors, detectives, and both desk and response officers -- but will not handle arrests.

The 2nd Precinct in Woodbury, 3rd Precinct in Williston Park, 4th Precinct in Hewlett and 7th Precinct in Seaford will remain open and operate as usual.

County Executive Ed Mangano said the plan would save about $20 million and police patrols wouldn't change in neighborhoods. He said the remaining four precincts would serve the entire county.

Nassau County is facing a $310 million budget gap.


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