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Tuesday, October 21, 2014
No need to fear for Five Towns residents
By EVAN NEMEROFF
To help ease these concerns, Legislator Jeff Toback (D-Oceanside) along with the Nassau County Police Department, coordinated a special security meeting last Thursday night.
“Recent events in the Middle East have once again raised concerns about security here at home and while there is no reason to believe that an organized threat exists, I want to assure you that the Nassau County Police Department remains diligent in their efforts to ensure the safety of our residents,” Toback said in a letter to local residents.
At this meeting, held at the JCC of the Greater Five Towns, police officials gave residents a reason to breathe a collective sigh of relief about the on-goings on the home front. Representatives from the Fourth Precinct addressed the religious and government leaders in attendance about security concerns and reviewed safety measures that are normally employed during the holidays. Officers from the Nassau County Police Department also informed residents of their role in protecting citizens from bias attacks and terrorist threats.
“The Five Towns currently has no active or direct threats in terms of terrorism or hate crimes,” Fourth Precinct Deputy Inspector Kenneth Hettler said. He also reported that major crime is down six percent from last year within the Fourth Precinct, which covers Inwood, Cedarhurst, Lawrence, Woodmere, Hewlett, Hewlett Bay Park, Hewlett Neck, East Rockaway, Oceanside, Island Park, Atlantic Beach, Lido Beach and Point Lookout.
“The meeting was informative for the community,” Toback said. “It was important for everybody to hear that there are no terrorist threats and that crime is down in the area this year."“
William McHale, chief of patrol strategies, believes the Fourth Precinct has been successful due to the number of cars it has on the streets and the great knowledge the officers have of the area, but thinks area residents need to play a role as well. “We urge people to call their local precinct if they see something suspicious in the area,” McHale said. “That is always the best thing to do if there is a circumstance that needs police presence.”
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