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Sunday, October 26, 2014
Nassau police commissioner defends ‘POP cop’ reassignments
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Vikas Girdhar/Herald
County Legislator Carrie Solages (D-Elmont), left, addressed community members at a meeting he hosted at the Elmont Library on June 3 as Acting NCPD Commissioner Thomas Krumpter looked on.

“Paragraph One, and again, this is on paper and was the plan by which we consolidated our precincts,” Solages said, “states ‘the assignment, number and deployment of cars and police officers, for other than administrative positions, shall continue in the same manner prior to March 5, 2012. All terms shall continue as currently constituted.’ Now, if we were good enough to put these words on paper, we must hold these words to be true. This recent decision violates that obligation.”

Krumpter said that that clause is not applicable to the ‘POP’ plan.

“The section does not refer to any of the special units in any of the precincts,” Krumpter said. “I’m sure that will be the interpretation of the union. If that wasn’t the interpretation of the union, I’m sure I would have already received a grievance that I violated that contract.”

Krumpter also said that Elmont, in addition to Roosevelt and Uniondale, is a major focus of the NCPD. Residents, however, said that extra attention is not enough. Many residents pointed to the merger of the 4th and 5th Precincts as the beginning of a decline in public safety.

“You already closed our precinct,” Milagros Vicente, who is a member of the Civilian Police Academy, said to Krumpter. “Do not eliminate the ‘POP’ officer unit. The fact that you closed our precinct reduced our police officers and eliminated a lot of units. One thing I learned from the academy is how important our officers are. Our ‘POP’ officers are exceptional. Please reconsider because it would be detrimental to our community.”

“The problem is that if people felt they were safe, no one would be here for this meeting,” Jon Johnson Sr. said. “You don’t think about the people. You told us two years ago that the precinct wouldn’t make a difference. Now, you’re taking more from us and telling us again that it’s not going to change anything. You don’t have things in place for public safety and then take them away and say that nothing’s going to change. That’s the most backward thinking you can ever have. We’re all nervous. We’re all scared.”

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