Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Dale ousted amid probe

Kristin Thorne reports from Mineola.
December 12, 2013 3:55:17 PM PST
Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano has removed Police Commissioner Thomas Dale after prosecutors determined he was involved in a politically connected case.

The move comes from a probe into whether Dale ordered officers to pull over a county bus and arrest a witness in October.

The District Attorney investigated and found no evidence of criminality.

" The investigation itself indicates a fresh look at internal procedures is warranted," Mangano said. "This approach is necessary to maintain the highest standards of police internal administration. New leadership sends a clear message that stringent administrative review and application is underway."

Mangano appointed Deputy County Executive for Public Safety Victor Politi to serve as Acting Police Commissioner during the transition.