Nassau County Detectives’ Union says detective shortage could pose public safety threat

Plainview -

The Nassau County Detectives’ Union says there is a detective shortage that poses a public safety concern.

Nassau County’s budget allows for 360 detectives; the county has 317. The Union says this deficit could allow for crime rates to rise.

“We want to staff the detective division and the police department at levels where they should be, to keep that crime down,” says Detective John Wighaus.

The Union says the shortage may be, in part, the product of lack of incentive for police officers to become detectives. A police officer who becomes a detective receives a $2,400 raise, but a massive workload increase, the Union says.

 

The Union will enter into contract negotiations with the county later this year.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."