Nassau police commissioner defends ‘POP cop’ reassignments
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Some residents said that crime statistics can often be misleading because, in spite of Krumpter’s claim that crime is down, only crimes that are reported are recorded — and many are often not reported. Other residents said that the proximity of Elmont to Queens is a major factor that should be considered before implementing such a plan, because they said many criminals come from neighboring areas. That, they said, is one reason why they feel crime is on the rise.
“I’ve lived in Elmont since the ’60s and I can assure you, crime is not down,” Patrick Nicolosi said. “These crimes [that happen today] did not happen in the past. I don’t want to be a statistic. I’d rather pay more because when it comes to policing, less doesn’t equal more. The public wants and demands more. You closed my 5th Precinct and crime is going up. Why did we close the precincts and increase overtime?”
“There’s nothing that I’m saying that we’re particularly happy about,” Krumpter said. “[We] have to live within a budget. We will hire in July and in September [but] we have to adapt. We have to adapt to the environment.
“This is truly temporary.”