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PUBLIC SAFETY

COVID Press Conference

Public safety is a top priority for County Executive Curran. Thanks to County Executive Curran’s leadership and steadfast commitment to our men and women in law enforcement, Nassau County became the safest community in America in 2020, according to US News and World Report.

U.S. News awarded Nassau a score of 100 in their "Healthiest Communities" rankings, a ranking based on three categories - violent crime rate, public safety spending, and population of law enforcement. Nassau’s violent crime rate is nearly half of the national average. County Executive Curran has made unprecedented investments in Nassau policing. Since 1982, Nassau law enforcement has not had its own training facility. From her very first day in office, County Executive Curran fought to make a police academy a reality for Nassau’s police and corrections force. Thanks to her leadership, Nassau police will soon have a state-of-the-art facility worthy of the men and women who keep Nassau safe.

County Executive Laura Curran has also worked diligently to ensure greater transparency and trust between police and the communities they serve. Last year, in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, all communities were presented with an opportunity for conversation and reform. County Executive Laura Curran took that call seriously. Her administration held more than 120 public input sessions to define exactly what practical, effective policing reform can look like in Nassau County.

Thanks to these conversations, the county crafted and successfully adopted a historic police reform bill to cultivate greater transparency and trust. New resources will now be provided to the Nassau County Mobile Crisis Team to work with police. This will include mandated body-worn cameras and increased mental health call intake training to 911 operators, and a two-tier system to mental health response. These crucial reforms will help build trust between communities and law enforcement; build real relationships between Nassau County police and the people they serve.