Nassau County policing center to begin by May 1

March 26, 2012 6:51:53 AM PDT
A controversial plan to downgrade four of eight police precincts in Nassau County will begin by May 1.

The station house in Levittown will be the first to become a community policing center with reduced staff and responsibilities.

The centers will have up to 10 officers on duty, but they will not handle arrests.

The centers are part of County Executive Edward Mangano's plan to save $20 million a year.

Police say the 8th Precinct in Levittown will fold into the 2nd Precinct based in Woodbury by May 1 and become a community center.

The other centers will be phased in gradually over the next several months.

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